Acres: Estimated 500 acres Start Date: June 10, 2017
Cause: Unknown, under investigation Origin Location: 8 mi N of Payson in the 1990 Dude Fire Scar
Containment: 0% Fuels: Grass, brush, heavy dead and down, Ponderosa pine
Total personnel: 459 and mixed conifer
Firefighters made good progress last night and today in tying in fire line on the north side of the fire to the Bear Fire. This was considered an important step in helping to hold the northwest corner of the fire. Burnout operations in the Bonita Creek area contributed to an increased amount of smoke as firefighters work to reinforce the Highline Trail. Helicopters were used to drop water to slow the progression of the fire to assist the firefighters on the ground. Firefighters continue to face multiple hazards that include rolling debris, steep terrain, and dry fuels.
Tonight, fire crews will continue work along the Highline Trail to help reduce the likelihood the fire will progress south of Highline Trail. The winds will be lighter this evening, however, with hotter and drier conditions, the fire may remain active for longer periods of time during the overnight shift.
Firefighters are working to limit the fire’s spread and protect values at risk where they can do so safely and effectively. These values include watersheds, private inholdings and local communities, pipelines, range improvements, powerlines, air quality, federally listed and sensitive species, and nationally and regionally significant trail systems.
A Highline Fire Community Meeting will be held tomorrow at 6:00 p.m. at the Starlight Pines Community Center in Blue Ridge, AZ. American Sign Language (ASL) services will be provided.
A recording of tonight’s community meeting in Payson is available on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HighlineFireInfo/
Coconino and Tonto National Forests Closure Orders have been implemented. For more details visit the Coconino National Forest webpage, https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/coconino/alerts-notices and the Tonto National Forest webpage, https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/tonto/alerts-notices.
Fire Restrictions remain in effect on the Tonto National Forest. Information is available on the Tonto National Forest webpage, https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/tonto/alerts-notices.
No evacuation orders are in effect at this time. A Precautionary Pre-Evacuation Notification is in effect for residents in Bonita Creek community. It is important for residents in these areas to be prepared as conditions can change rapidly.
Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. Every time a drone is spotted near the fire all aircraft are grounded until we can be sure the drone is clear of this area. More info visit Know Before You Fly, http://knowbeforeyoufly.org
Fire Information: (928) 985-0097 (8:00 am to 8:00 pm)
InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5233/ (Air Quality info, County Emergency Alert sign-up link, Firewise tips)