The Triple 2 Fire, which started in Mexico, crossed the international border into Arizona at about 4 p.m. yesterday, May 10. The fire is estimated at approximately 600 acres in Mexico but has burned only several acres so far on the Coronado National Forest. The fire is human caused but of unknown circumstances.
Bomberos in Mexico are actively working to suppress the fire. Three crews of Coronado National Forest firefighters on the U.S. side are working to keep fire from crossing west across Walker Canyon. Aided by three helicopters making water drops, firefighters have so far limited substantial growth onto the Coronado.
Contingency lines have been identified and preparation of those lines is ongoing in case fire spread increases today as the weather warms. With nearby Pena Blanca Lake as a dipping source, water drops from the helicopters will be used again today to aid firefighter efforts.
At present no structures are threatened; however, smoke and flames may be visible from Rio Rico and Nogales.
Visitors should be aware that heavy truck traffic from incident vehicles and helicopters flying to and from Pena Blanca Lake will be encountered along Ruby Road and in the immediate area. Avoiding the area until the fire has been suppressed is advised but for now the road remains open.
Triple 2 Fire summary:
- Nogales Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest
- Approximately 7 miles west of Nogales, Arizona
- Start date: The fire started in Mexico and crossed onto Coronado National Forest on May 10 at 4:13 p.m.
- Size: Several acres on Forest Service lands, over 600 in Mexico
- Percent Contained: 0% (CNF)
- Cause: Human
- Fuel type(s): Oak grassland and brush
- Growth potential: Moderate
- Personnel assigned: Approximately 90
- Resources assigned:
- 3 crews (1 hotshot crew, 2 initial attack crews)
- 3 engines
- 1 water tender
- 1 light helicopter, 1 medium helicopter, 1 heavy helicopter
- Miscellaneous overhead
For further information on this incident, please visit http://inciweb.nwcg.gov.