Crews made very good progress on the eastern interior of the Fulton Fire on Sunday. Crews continued to introduce fire in unburned pockets within the interior of the fire’s perimeter thus reducing the chance that fire activity will increase in intensity as the weather changes. Today the focus of fire crews will shift from suppression to mop-up, monitor, and patrol. A local Type 3 team (Andy Mandell, IC) will assume command of this next phase on Tuesday. The Fulton Fire will continue to burn within the perimeter of established control lines until we receive significant, repeated precipitation. Firefighters will continue to monitor and patrol the fire and take action as needed. Expect to see smoke and small flames within control lines as the fire burns pockets of unburned fuels within the fire’s perimeter. The temporary flight restriction (TFR) remains in effect. Unmanned aircraft systems (drones) threaten firefighter safety and wildfire suppression efforts. Visit https://www.nifc.gov/drones/ for more information.
The single lane closure on Eastbound State Route 260 had now been lifted. The Mogollon Rim Visitor’s Center is closed. All area closures remain in effect for fire affected areas on both the Tonto National Forest and the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests.
Northeasterly winds are expected to slow and weaken today and a slow moving low pressure system is expected to bring moisture tonight and tomorrow. Fire activity is expected to slow with firing operations concluding after today. Smoke will move west through today and tomorrow, with potential light smoke in Payson, Kohl’s Ranch, Tonto Basin, Camp Verde, and Sedona later tonight. Travelers should continue to pay close attention to road signs as smoke may be present over I17, HWY260 and other local roads especially in the early evening. Heavier pockets of fuel may continue to produce small amounts of smoke over the coming weeks, but large smoke events are not expected.
Fulton Fire Summary:
- Start Date: September 12, 2016
- Cause: Lightning
- Location: 28 miles east of Payson, Arizona
- Size: 2,860 acres
- Containment: 65%
- Personnel: 360
- Equipment/Resources: nine hand crews, 15 engines, two bulldozers, two helicopters
- Fuels: Ponderosa pine and mixed conifer
- Weather: Moisture will move into the region this afternoon, bringing a chance of showers and thunderstorms through the remainder of the week. Higher relative humidity will limit fire activity.
- Air Quality: Information on smoke and air quality is available on http://bit.ly/azsmoke.
Fire Information: For additional information, visit http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5031/ or follow @TontoForest on Twitter at https://twitter.com/tontoforest. An interactive fire map can be found at: http://bit.ly/FultonFireMap. If you wish to be on our mailing list for updates or have questions, you may contact us at [email protected] or call (505)750-4636 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.