Camp Navajo Fire Department has conducted proactive firefighting measures to help contain and suppress the Gate 13 fire in anticipation of high winds tomorrow.
Firefighters widened 100 percent of the firebreaks in critical areas and called for additional firefighting resources to help suppress the fire that began Feb. 6.
The fire have limited the spread, however, it did spread beyond Volunteer Canyon in the southeast quadrant. Firefighters suppressed slow-moving spot fires.
With winds expected to reach 30-35 miles per hour in the late morning and early afternoon of Feb. 10, two Blackhawk Helicopters equipped with “Bambi bucket” water buckets are scheduled to make drops to flank of the fire.
Coconino County Emergency Management will coordinate safety signs along I-40 to warn drivers of the potential for smoke on the freeway.
The fire has consumed approximately 900-acres on an area that precludes active fire suppression and remains within the established containment lines.
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 fire is burning slowly in Volunteer Canyon and more rapidly in the open grasslands.
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.
Arizona Department of Environmental Quality will provide air quality monitoring throughout the duration of this fire. The fire is burning in an area that is unsafe for firefighters to actively conduct fire suppression operations, therefore, a containment strategy was chosen. Due to the inability to actively suppress this fire in its current location we anticipate smoke in the region for an extended period.
Location: Camp Navajo
Start date: February 6, 2017
Size: Approximately 900 acres
Cause: Demolition operations
Resources Assigned: 10 personnel
- 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
Arizona Emergency Information Network: https://ein.az.gov/
Arizona National Guard Public Affairs (602) 513-6482 or [email protected]