Gate 13 Fire efforts set to scale down

February 12, 2018 - 8:24 pm

Incident command for the Gate 13 Fire is scheduled to downsize from an integrated team of Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management and Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs personnel to Camp Navajo Fire Department tomorrow morning. 

This decision comes with reports of 75 percent containment of the fire and a weather forecast favorable to fire suppression for the rest of the week.

Some small patches of grass and foliage within the 1,290 acre footprint did not burn, which risks re-ignition. However, CNFD will assume all fire monitoring responsibilities and continue to patrol the area until the fire is 100 percent out.

The fire order that allows for officials to call in additional resources will remain open in the event the fire spreads outside of the current boundary.

A series of effective controlled burns over the last two days laid the groundwork for today’s downsize of firefighting resources.

Aviation resources were placed on standby earlier today and air space is now open.

Remaining smoke may settle in low areas, however, ADOT signs remain along I-40 to help mitigate road hazards. No injuries or damage to equipment have been reported.

The decision to bring in DFFM assets came yesterday when high winds carried over the edge of Volunteer Canyon toward a thick forested area full of trees downed by tornadoes and piles of tree trimming created during road clearing efforts.

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality continues to monitor air quality from Ponderosa Fire Station in Bellemont and in Kachina Village, 6 miles south of Flagstaff near I-17.

This fire poses no risk to facilities or current operations of the installation. This fire is well contained within the boundaries of the Camp Navajo installation.

The Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs, which includes Camp Navajo, is in close coordination with Coconino and Kaibab National Forests, Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, other local fire district partners and Coconino County.

The fire strategy used was chosen because of burning in an area that is unsafe for firefighters to actively conduct fire suppression operations; therefore, a containment.

Fire details: Location: Camp Navajo

Start date: February 6, 2017

Size: Approximately 1290 acres

Cause: Demolition operations

Resources Assigned: 16 DEMA personnel, 74 wildland crewmembers

  • 3 Graders
  • 2 Dozers
  • 3 Water tenders
  • 2 Type 6 engines
  • 2 Black Hawk Helicopters with Bambi Buckets

Vegetation: Ponderosa pine, spruce, juniper and grasslands
Fire Information:
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