Acres: 6,864 acres (based on infrared data)
Start Date: June 10, 2017
Cause: Unknown, under investigation
Origin: 8 mi N of Payson in 1990 Dude Fire Scar
Fuels: Grass, brush, heavy and down fuels, ponderosa pine and mixed conifer
Total personnel: 608
Today crews worked to complete the final piece of containment line on the east flank of Bear Canyon. Last night’s infrared flight showed an additional 96 acres of interior growth yesterday in the Bear Canyon area, in a pocket of previously unburned vegetation within the fire’s perimeter. Crews continue to extinguish any remaining heat near containment lines to reduce the risk of spotting. Significant demobilization of resources is underway, making crews and equipment available to other wildfires.
Tonight firefighters are mopping up and patrolling for heat along the fire’s perimeter. Firefighting resources assigned to the fire are also prepared to respond any new fire starts that may occur in the area.
Scattered thunderstorms activity is expected to diminish tonight. Nighttime winds will be light, generally be out of the north, and down slope. Hot temperatures are expected again tomorrow as high pressure dominates over the region.
No additional community meetings are planned at this time. Updates will continue to be posted to the social media sites listed below and Information Officers will be out in the communities posting updated information at key locations.
All evacuations and pre-evacuations have been lifted. Some roads near the fire are only open to residents and businesses due to heavy fire equipment traffic and fire crews working in the area.
The Coconino and Tonto National Forests Closure Orders and Fire Restrictions remain in effect. The Coconino National Forest is moving to a Stage 2 Fire Restriction tomorrow. For details on these new fire restrictions visit the Coconino National Forest website, https://www.fs.usda.gov/coconino.
Firefighters are working to protect values at risk by completing suppression efforts and repairing suppression impacts. Values include watersheds, private property and adjoining communities, pipelines, range improvements, powerlines, air quality, prehistoric and historic resources, federally protected species, and nationally and regionally significant trail systems.
Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. More info: Know Before You Fly, http://knowbeforeyoufly.org
Fire Information: (928) 985-0097 (8:00 am to 8:00 pm)
Arizona Emergency Information: http://azein.gov