Cassadore Springs Fire Daily Update, Ko’ Ba Nagoni i’
Overview: The lightning-caused Cassadore Springs Fire is burning in the Hilltop area on the San Carlos Apache Reservation lands. It was first discovered on August 1st and quickly spread to the northeast towards the Natanes Plateau. On Monday August 3rd, the San Carlos Agency delegated authority to the Southwest Area Type 2 Incident Management Team 4 to manage the incident.
- Acres: 19,257 acres
- Start Date: August 1, 2020
- Cause: Lightning
- Containment: 25%
- Total personnel: 331
- Location: 11 miles north of San Carlos, AZ
- Fuels: Brush, grass, ponderosa pine
Highlights: Several factors are contributing to increasingly complex conditions on the Cassadore Springs Fire. On a scale of 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest), the National Preparedness Level for wildland fire management is currently rated at 4. Preparedness Levels are dictated by fuel and weather conditions, fire activity, and fire suppression resource availability throughout the country. In Arizona, the National Weather Service is reporting this year as the least active monsoon season in 30 years, with no significant changes in sight. Lastly, Energy Release Components (ERCs) are currently at or above record highs for August. ERCs are a measure of the potential available energy in the flaming front of the fire, so the higher the ERC, the more intensely fires can burn.
Fire Activity and Operations: On Wednesday night, crews began burning out fuels from the 1100 Road south to the fire’s edge to create a buffer to the north of the fire and limit forward spread. This action creates a control line ahead of the fire’s path that is similar to the shape of a catcher’s mitt. Yesterday, these efforts were challenged when the relative humidity dropped below 13% in the afternoon and the fire pushed against those lines, eventually spotting across the line in one area. Engine crews were able to catch the spot fire and hold the line while air tankers and Type 1 helicopters provided support with retardant and water drops. At this point, firefighters have been successful in keeping fire from becoming established in Alder Creek.
On the eastern flank, crews are working to keep fire from entering the Sontag Creek drainage. If fire enters this area, it has the potential to produce flames 10 to 20 feet high. Fire crews are building control lines down the fire’s edge from the 1220 Road while others work north from the Blue River Fire scar. Air tankers are supporting this operation by applying retardant drops to keep the fire edge cool enough for ground crews to work. Fire managers are showing 25% containment along the southern end of the Cassadore Springs Fire. Crews are scouting contingency lines to hold the fire within a larger area if the primary and alternate plans are tested.
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Cassadore Springs Fire Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CassadoreSpringsFireInfo/
San Carlos Apache Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SCATFORESTRY
Smoke Report: http://www.azdeq.gov/wildfireforecast?fire=cassadorespringsfire