Overview: The lightning-caused Cassadore Springs Fire is burning in the Hilltop area on the San Carlos Apache Reservation lands. On Monday August 3rd, the San Carlos Agency delegated authority to the Southwest Area Type 2 Incident Management Team 4 to manage the incident.
Fire Activity and Operations: As a result of the hard work of the firefighters, fire managers were able to increase containment to 60%. Yesterday, much of the eastern fireline was successfully secured and declared as contained. Suppression repair work has begun around the fire perimeter. Crews are mopping up hot spots using water and tools to extinguish any remaining heat. Dozers and crews are building waterbars on fireline in steeper terrain to prevent potential damage from erosion. Crews are using chippers to cut and disperse woody material left over from fireline construction, which will help create ground cover, improve soil conditions, and promote regrowth.
Yesterday, crews performed burnout operations in the unburned fuel interior of the control lines near the northwest edge of the fire. During these operations, firefighters applied low intensity fire that burned through logs, brush, and grass to rob the main fire of fuel. The firing operation continued into the night and should be completed today, as conditions permit.
Firefighters assisted with two new fire starts yesterday. Fire managers provided an engine, a crew, a helicopter, and various overhead to a fire near San Carlos that was successfully held at two acres. One of the helicopters assigned to the Cassadore Springs Fire also assisted with initial attack on another fire outside of Globe. Aside from these two new starts, the team is also sending fire personnel to the Goldfield Fire outside of Fort McDowell.
Weather: An Excessive Heat Watch is in effect Wednesday through Sunday for elevations below 3,700 ft. Upper level high pressure will build over the region into the weekend resulting in very hot, to at times near record high temperatures from Wednesday onward. At the same time, moisture will begin to move under the upper high. This will bring the threat of a few thunderstorms each afternoon and evening, mainly from Thursday onward. This is the type of pattern we typically see at the end of June or early in July with more moisture next week, so maybe the monsoon is finally trying to show itself!
Acres: 21,088 acres
Start Date: August 1, 2020
Total personnel: 371
Location: 11 miles north of San Carlos, AZ
Fuels: Brush, grass, ponderosa pine
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
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