The Horse Tank Fire was started by lightning on June 6, approximately six miles north of Strawberry, Ariz.
Fire Managers continue to utilize the lightning-caused Horse Tank Fire to restore the forest and reduce risk of severe fire. Over the next several days, expect smoke to increase as the fires continue to treat more of the landscape. The Horse Tank Fire is burning at a low severity across the forest floor reducing fuel accumulations and promoting forest health.
Yesterday, crews continued burnouts operations along the eastern boundary of the management area. They also focused on bringing fire through interior unburned pockets of fuel. Ignitions today will occur on the western boundary of the management area along FR 9387.
Horse Tank Fire summary:
- Size: Currently 1,000 acres (managed fire perimeter boundary estimated at 5,000 acres)
- Location: Six miles north of Strawberry, south of Highway 260 near the junction with Hwy 87.
- Behavior: Creeping, smoldering in pine needle. Larger brush not burning due to wet weather.
- Smoke: Visible from Highways 260 and 87, I-17, Payson, Pine, Strawberry, and the Verde Valley. Light smoke was noticeable in the Blue Ridge area overnight. Today’s winds will push some smoke to the northwest toward the Verde Valley.
- Closures: Forest Roads 9366R, 9384A, 9381 and a portion of 9361A. These Forest Roads will be closed for the duration of the managed fire.