The Cameron Fire south of Luna Lake on the Alpine Ranger District of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests was 60 percent contained at 307 acres as of Monday morning. The Black Mesa Hotshots, two Arizona State Forestry handcrews, multiple engines, and a water tender are on scene today.
According to Alpine District Ranger Rick Davalos, the Alpine Fire Department was the first to respond to a one-acre fire on private property on Saturday afternoon. The U.S. Forest Service was called when strong winds caused the fire to expand to 15 acres onto adjacent national forest lands. Resources assigned to the incident included three heavy air tankers, two helicopters, and one bulldozer. The fire has been fully-lined and crews completed a successful burnout, though heat and the potential for spot fires to cross the line still exist. Upon investigation, the fire was found to be human-caused and the Apache County Sheriff’s Department issued a citation to an individual, who will also be billed for Forest Service suppression costs.
The Patricks Pond Fire on the Black Mesa Ranger District was completely contained at 3 acres by 6 pm Sunday. Two helicopters were called to the fire and dipped water from the Black Canyon Reservoir for suppression efforts. Campers were evacuated from dispersed sites, but no campgrounds were closed as a result of the fire. The cause is still under investigation. Preliminary reports indicate that the wildfire was triggered by a campfire.
The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests is under Stage I fire restrictions. Fires, campfires, charcoal, coal and wood stoves are allowed in developed campgrounds only. Smoking is limited to within enclosed vehicles, buildings, developed campgrounds or three-foot diameter areas cleared of all flammable materials. The Black Mesa Ranger District is in the area under today’s red flag warning issued by the National Weather Service. No campfires are permitted between the hours of 11 am and 7 pm today.
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