Crews continue mop up and monitoring of Knob Hill Fire

February 11, 2018 - 7:16 pm

Location:

  • Douglas Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest
  • West side of the Dragoon Mountains
  • Nearest town is Dragoon, AZ

Start Date:  Feb. 10, 2018, 11:45 a.m.                  

Size:  2896 acres     

Percent Contained: 15%                                                

Structures Lost: 0

Cause:  Human caused, under investigation

Summary:  The Knob Hill Fire was ignited on private land and moved quickly onto the Coronado National Forest on the western side of the Dragoon Mountains by Cochise Stronghold. The fire has burned into West Stronghold Canyon and up to the Dragoon Mountains ridgeline. It is burning in dry grass and brush. Resources are on scene and engaging in full fire suppression.

Today, due to cooler weather, increased relative humidity and diligent firefighters the Knob Hill Fire acreage did not increase. Crews are focusing on mop up along the fire line, putting out hotspots in order to hold lines through forecast Red Flag Warning conditions tomorrow. Due to the fire weather forecast tomorrow, resources will stay on scene to continue mop up and monitoring.

The Cochise County Sheriff's Office issued a hard closure on the west side of the Dragoon Mountains. It will be lifted on Sunday at 5:00 p.m. while the pre-evacuations notices on the east side of Dragoon Mountain will stay in effect until further notice.

Visitors are reminded that even though it is “winter,” conditions are warm and dry, and large amounts of dried vegetation are available to burn across the landscapes of the Coronado National Forest. Fire “season” on the Forest is now year-round. “One Less Spark” means one less wildfire. Everyone should be aware of conditions around them, and their activities, and take care not to cause the spark that could ignite a wildfire – use ashtrays to dispose of smoking materials, secure tow chains so they do not drag on asphalt, don’t park vehicles over dry grass, when building a campfire ensure it’s done in a safe location, don’t weld outdoors or build campfires on windy days, never leave a campfire unattended for any reason for any length of time.

Homeowners in fire-prone areas and the wildland-urban interface are encouraged to follow Firewise principles (www.firewise.org ) and maintain defensible space around their homes.”

Objectives:

Firefighter and public safety

Full fire suppression

Structure protection

Incident Management /Fire Use Team Assigned:  Fire is being managed as a Type 3 unified command with Arizona State Forestry Fire Management, Coronado National Forest Service and Cochise County.

Resources Assigned:

  • Firefighters:  Five 20-person crews
  • Equipment:  Ten engines and two water tenders
  • Aircraft: One fixed wing aircraft and a helicopter
  • Miscellaneous Overhead

Fire Behavior: Due to diminished winds and increased relative humidity fire activity has been minimal today with no increased acreage.

Fire Weather:  Today dry weather conditions continue. A Fire Weather Watch has been issued Monday afternoon to the evening.

For updates please see Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/  or the Coronado National Forest Facebook page at http://facebook.com/CoronadoNF 

Cochise County Evacuation Information: (520) 432-9500

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