This morning containment is at eighty-five percent on the Blue River Fire and eighty-one percent containment on the Dry Lake Fire, with no significant change in acreage. Both fires have some heat within the perimeter and some unburnt vegetation that may put up smoke occasionally. Resource Advisors from the tribal agency have begun working with a Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team to assess burn severity and plan for erosion control ahead of monsoon rains. Many firefighters and aviation resources have or are in the process of departing the fires and are getting reassigned to other new large fires around Arizona.
Firefighters and camp crew members from the San Carlos communities have joined the firefighting efforts and many will remain assigned to the fires to assist after the Incident Management Team departs. As San Carlos Agency and Tribal Forestry have been able to ensure the training and safety of their firefighters, and acquire the necessary vehicles to accomplish social distancing, personal protective equipment, and disinfectant supplies, they have been able to bring more of their firefighters into service. Firefighter and public safety is the first priority and even more important now during the COVID-19 pandemic.
SMOKE: There has been very little smoke from both fires in the last couple of days. If and when there is smoke in the community, smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found at the Centers for Disease Control – Wildfire Smoke: https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/features/wildfires/index.html
BACKGROUND: Firefighters have been working to actively suppress the Blue River and the Dry Lake fires since their discovery after a June 5 thunderstorm. Firefighters and fire managers have been challenged by many factors which have been significant in the growth of these fires. Factors including several days of wind driven fire behavior, difficult topography, as well as limited available resources due to the COVID-19 pandemic, compounded by increased fire activity in the area further drawing down available resources have proven challenging.
FIRE PREVENTION: We must all do our part to prevent wildfires. We continue to see fires that are preventable threaten our community. Ko’ doo bena golde’da - Do not play with fire! Do your part to clear the grass and brush around your home to help protect your home and community. Remember it only takes one spark to start a wildfire.
Blue River Fire
Acres: approx. 30,400
Percent Containment: 85%
Origin Location: 8 mi NE of San Carlos, AZ
Fuels: Upper desert grasslands; grass and brush
Dry Lake Fire
Acres: approx. 4,370
Percent Containment: 81%
Origin Location: 22 mi NE of Bylas, AZ
Fuels: Ponderosa pine forest with woodland and grass understory
Fire Information: 602-345-0246
Email: [email protected]
Hours: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Fire Information on InciWeb -- http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/
Air Quality Monitors -- http://tinyurl.com/y9cqd22w
Arizona DEQ Air Quality Monitors -- http://www.phoenixvis.net/PPMmain.aspx
Smoke Forecast Outlooks -- http://wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/