The Cow Canyon Fire is burning in a remote location within the Blue Range Primitive Area near the Arizona and New Mexico state border. 25,434 acres of the fire are located on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, and 6,199 acres are burning on the Gila National Forest.
Operations: Most of the prep work has been completed around private properties in the Blue River area and the fire has moderated enough to allow for more direct suppression tactics. Overall fire activity in this area has moderated and has not reached any trigger points. Fire crews continue to work along the Pueblo Park road in preparation for burnout operations to secure this primary holding feature and keep the fire south of the road so that the community of Luna, NM is not threatened. Some areas of heat along the southern perimeter have been documented by aerial observations, but the movement of the fire has been minimal.
Values at risk: Management objectives are to keep the fire east of the Blue River, and to provide protection for structures, cultural resources and historical sites. No values at risk have been impacted by the fire.
Closures: A temporary area closure is in effect, and includes some recreational trails that are closed to protect public health and safety due to wildland fire activities in the restricted area. The temporary area closure and maps can be found at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/asnf/alerts-notices/?cid=stelprd3793918.
Weather: A drying trend will continue with no precipitation in the near-term forecast. High winds are expected today with higher humidity levels. Next week is forecast to start off with slightly warmer temperatures, and then cooler conditions and gusty winds towards the end of the week.
Restrictions: The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests enacted stage 1 fire restrictions to reduce the risk of human-caused wildfires during periods of high fire danger and severe fire weather conditions. The forest order for stage 1 fire restrictions can be found at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/asnf/alerts-notices/?cid=stelprd3793918.
Safety: Heavy smoke is expected to impact the Blue River corridor today. Moderate smoke impacts are likely for the highway 180 corridor near Glenwood, NM. Alpine, Reserve and Luna will see periods of light smoke. For air quality information, got to the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality’s webpage at https://azdeq.gov/.
Information: Updates can be found on the official incident web page at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7158/.
Location of Origin: Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, Alpine Ranger District
Start Date: August 18, 2020
Size: Approximately 31,633 Acres
Percent Contained: 15
Resources Assigned: 16