The Pine Fire is approximately 70 acres. The lightning caused fire is located in the Pine Mountain Wilderness on the Verde Ranger District (T11N, R5E, SEC 35) and is burning in grass, brush, and Ponderosa Pine. Air resources have observed fire activity on the northwest and south side of the fire, in Bishop Creek. Afternoon winds and warmer temperatures could push the fire to the north and northeast into heavier fuels; which could increase smoke.
Weather continues to be hot and dry, by Friday it is predicted that we will see the return of a low to moderate monsoon pattern, with higher RH’s and a chance of precipitation over the fire area. As the monsoonal pattern continues to develop, it is expected to limit the duration of the Pine Fire and aid firefighters in suppression efforts.
Due to the fire’s remote location and very few values at risk, fire managers are engaging the fire with a confinement strategy and will be focusing efforts to protect values in the fire’s path. All fires receive a response and are managed according to several factors, a few of those are: safety for firefighters and the public, time of year, location, difficulty of access, and proximity to values at risk. Additionally, there are multiple suppression strategies that a fire may have applied to them over the course of the incident. Some of these strategies are: monitor, confine, contain, which would include tactics of direct attack and indirect attack. Each of these requires a different level of engagement. There is no strategy of let it burn
Smoke from the fire is visible from areas to the south of Pine Mountain Wilderness and I-17.
Fire Information: (928) 925-1111
Prescott NF Forest Website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott/
Local Ranger Station: Camp Verde Ranger District (928) 567-4121