Yesterday the fire reached the bottom of Rattlesnake Canyon just south of Power’s Garden where firefighters used burnout operations together with direct and main fire to direct the fire around Power’s Garden where it tied in with fire north at Corral Canyon. Due to yesterday’s burn pattern, further work will continue today to improve the buffer area around Power’s Garden.
Activities on the southeast and northern sections of the fire were quiet with no significant fire movement. Crews working on the southeast corner will continue to prep the area for the fire’s arrival. Over the next few days, crews are also available for initial attack if lightning occurs in the region with forecasted thunderstorms.
The fire is being managed within a planning area boundary using strategy and tactics necessary to minimize impacts to sensitive areas and values at risk while maximizing benefits to natural resources. Beneficial effects include removal of fuels, snags and decadent shrubs and grasses. The fire is burning with a mosaic pattern, with the majority of the area burning at low to moderate intensity.
ADVISORY: Due to a large amount of traffic on the Klondyke and Aravaipa roads; the county will have large equipment working on repairing ruts and washboards. Motorists are advised to drive with caution and be safe.
An Oak Fire information station has been set up at Walmart, 755 S. 20th Avenue in Safford. It will be staffed Wednesday through Friday 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The need for additional staffing at the information station will be assessed this Friday
• Location: Safford Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest, Safford, Arizona
• Start Date: 6/17/2014
• Size: 13,765 acres
• Cause: lightning
Objectives: Provide for public, firefighter and aviation safety. Prevent fire from spreading to private lands and protect historic structures. Contain the fire within the National Forest boundary in the Galiuro Mountains. Manage this natural ignition fire to improve wildlife habitat; improve range and watershed conditions; and improve forest health. Minimize fire severity impacts to threatened and endangered species habitat (i.e. Chiricahua leopard frog, Mexican spotted owl). Maintain buffer zones adjacent to Chiricahua leopard frog habitat. Utilize Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics (MIST) when conducting fire management operations in the Wilderness.Work with media to provide the public timely and accurate information.
• Percent Contained: 10%
• Resources Assigned: Wildland Fire Module (skilled 8 person hand crew); 2 Hotshot crews; 2 Type 2 hand crews; 5 Engines; 5 Helicopters; air attack platform; single engine air tankers available, used as needed
• Closures: Entering or using the northern portion of the Galiuro Mountains north of Sunset Peak and Kielberg Peak (as described below) is prohibited. The southern line of the closure area begins at the Forest boundary on High Creek Road (FS 159) at T10S, R21E, Sec. 17, SE and following this road to the High Creek Trail and thence west to Sunset Peak. From Sunset Peak continuing west to Kielberg Peak and the Forest