The Fulton Fire started with a lightning strike mid-slope on the Mogollon Rim near milepost 282 on Highway 260. The fire was inaccessible due to the rugged terrain. To provide for firefighter safety, fire managers chose to employ an indirect suppression approach. The rugged terrain and unique local weather patterns combine to create unique fire behavior that is not typically seen in other wildfire prone areas.
The increased complexity with power lines in the fire area has prompted forest officials to order up additional resources. Currently, the fire is being managed by a Type III team. The need for additional resources combined with the fire size dictates the need for a Type II team to assume control of this incident. Changing teams during a fire is normal as fire conditions change.
Although this incident does not warrant a Type I team, currently no Type II teams are available. John Truett's Type I team will assume command of the Fulton fire this week. A community meeting is currently being planned for the community of Forest Lakes.
Fulton Fire Summary:
- Start Date: September 12, 2016
- Cause: Lightning
- Location: 28 miles east of Payson, Arizona
- Size: 624 acres
- Personnel: 265
- Equipment/Resources: four hotshot crews; two Type 2 crew; ten engines; two bulldozers; and one Type 3 helicopter
- Fuels: Ponderosa pine and mixed conifer
- Smoke: Medium to heavy
Eastbound State Route 260 between Christopher Creek and Forest Lakes may be reduced to one lane intermittently due to smoke and to create a safer environment for firefighting efforts.