Highlights: The incident management team will host a virtual community meeting tonight, August 13th at 8:00 P.M. at https://www.facebook.com/CassadoreSpringsFireInfo/. An American Sign Language interpreter and CART captioning will be provided. A recording will be posted following the meeting. No account is required to view the video. If a pop-up box appears when you first navigate to the link, you can use the scroll bar on the right to scroll down to the view and/or click “not now” to minimize the login pop-up. We will monitor online Facebook questions during the meeting, or you can email us your questions in advance at [email protected].
Transition: This will be the last update from the Southwest Area Incident Management Team 4. On Friday at 6:00 A.M., the team will transfer command of the Cassadore Springs Fire to a Type 4 organization led by Incident Commander Keith Burnette. Resources remaining on the fire include the Geronimo Hotshots, San Carlos T2IA Crew, San Carlos RTAL Crew, four engines, one water tender, one dozer, the Fort Apache Type 3 helicopter and Helitack Crew, and miscellaneous overhead. Any future fire information will be posted on the San Carlos Apache Forestry Facebook page (see link below).
Fire Activity and Operations: The fire is now 83% contained. The only uncontained area is located in steep rugged rim country above Alder Creek. Firefighters are monitoring those spots and are finding no heat at this time. The resources that remain on this fire are available to respond to any new starts in the area.
Weather: An Excessive Heat Warning is in effect through Monday. Temperatures will continue to slowly increase into the weekend, reaching or exceeding record levels by Saturday. A few thunderstorms are expected in the area this afternoon and early evening, then dry weather is anticipated Friday and Saturday. Sunday onward will continue to be much hotter than normal, however easterly flow will bring monsoon moisture into the region. This will result in scattered afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms as well as somewhat higher humidity levels much of next week.
Closures: There is a Temporary Flight Restriction over the fire area. The public is encouraged to stay safely clear of the fire area. The 1120 road to the south, 1122 road to the west, 1300 road to the north, and 1220 road to the east are closed due to fire activity and firefighters working along these roadways.
Start date: August 1, 2020
Location: 11 miles north of San Carlos, AZ
Total personnel: 295
Fuels: Brush, grass, ponderosa pine
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Cassadore Springs Fire Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CassadoreSpringsFireInfo/
San Carlos Apache Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SCATFORESTRY