On September 20, 2016, fire crews continued improving fire line along the top of the Mogollon Rim, incorporating Forest Road 9512J as well as the southern edge of the 2009 Bachelor Fire scar. The main body of the fire is backing down the rim and has reached the fire line north of Colcord Estates. These lines are holding successfully.
Weather forecast projects the minimum relative humidity to remain above 20 percent for two days or longer. Officials say they expect the added fuel moistures to slow fire progression, allowing crews to work to strengthen perimeter fire lines. Additional weather forecasts project a drying trend as the weekend approaches.
Overview: The Fulton Fire was ignited by a lightning strike early Monday, September 12 mid-slope along the Mogollon Rim. Due to the remote location and severe terrain, it was not possible for fire crews to safely hike in and directly engage the fire. Fire officials evaluated the situation, taking into account multiple factors including public and firefighter safety, available fire suppression resources and tactics, property protection (values at risk), wildlife habitat, and natural resources. Due to the higher fuel moistures and current fire danger rating, it was determined the best approach to fighting this fire would be an indirect approach. This involves anticipating fire behavior and constructing a fire line ahead of the fire in areas that would reduce risk to life and property yet provide a line that would have a high probability of successfully stopping fire progression.
Location: 28 miles east of Payson, Arizona - South of State Route 260
Start Date: September 12, 2016
Size: 1,138 acres
Total Personnel: 349
Resources: 10 hand crews, 14 Engines, 3 Bulldozers
Containment: 15 percent
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