The Camp Fire is burning in the Cave Creek Ranger District of the Tonto National Forest. The Camp Fire is 50% contained. Last night, two air tankers from California dropped fire retardant along the northern and eastern perimeter of the fire, which continues to hold, keeping the fire at approximately 650 acres.
With the addition of two Hotshot crews, Geronimo Hotshots from San Carlos Agency, San Carlos, Az. and Fort Apache Hotshots from Fort Apache Agency, Whiteriver, Az., firefighters employed desert firefighting tactics thought the day. These tactics include spare water use and checking the ground at the fire perimeter to determine a “cold line” where there is no evidence of heat.
Firefighters are fighting the Camp Fire in grass, brush, pinyon, and juniper within the footprint of the 2005 Cave Creek Complex Fire. It has burned east and north of Bronco Trailhead.
The fire’s cause is still under investigation. Forest Service Road 24 is still open in both directions and Bronco Trailhead is open for recreation use. However, the public is being asked to be respectful of firefighter activity and equipment.
No structures or homes are threatened.
Start Date: July 16, 2015, reported at approximately 12:45 p.m.
Size: Approximately 650 Acres
Cause: Under investigation
Vegetation: Grass, brush, pinyon pine, and juniper
Growth Potential: Low to Moderate
Resources assigned remain the same from this morning:
- Two Type 3 engines
- One Type 3 helicopter
- One air attack ship
- Two Hotshot crews
This is the last release for July 17, 2015. The next release will be later tomorrow (Saturday, July 18) based on weather updates.
Fire Information: For further information on this incident please visit www.fs.usda.gov/tonto.