There was no new perimeter growth on the Hidden Fire yesterday. Several interior pockets of concentrated heat produced smoke columns which drifted into the Tonto Basin area. Crews conducted burning operations in unburned islands in order to keep control lines secure. Firefighters patrolled, moped-up and with the guidance of Resource Advisors repair work was successful near Jakes Corner.
TODAY’S ACTIVITY: High temperatures and low humidity will bring conditions that may produce more activity on the fire today. With the higher temperatures, available fuels will be drier and primed to ignite within the previous burnout operation areas. Pockets of brush that were previously smoldering may have active periods of burning today. Firefighters will patrol, mop up and keep looking for spot fires. Resource Advisors and ground crews will focus on repair work in the Brownsville area.
DRIVING SAFETY: With the holiday weekend underway and increased traffic to the area, we remind the public that fire apparatus will be traveling to and from the fire throughout the day. With increased traffic on the roadways in and around the Payson area, please drive carefully and be aware that fire crew vehicles and equipment are sharing the road with commuters.
HIDDEN FIRE CLOSURE ORDERS:
Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. The temporary flight restriction in place over the fire area please visit: https://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_0_8593.html for additional information. As a reminder, every time a drone is seen near the fire all aircraft are grounded until we can be sure the drone is clear of the area. For more information visit Know Before You Fly, http://knowbeforeyoufly.org.
Fire Information Public Phone Line: 520-261-5021 Fire Information Media Phone Line: 520-369-3757 Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7046/
Smoke Outlook: wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/EasternArizona
Wildfire Smoke and COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/smoke-faq.html
Hidden Fire Details:
Percent Containment: 59%
Start Date: August 25, 2020
Origin Location: Sierra Ancha Mountains, Tonto NF
No New Perimeter Growth on the Hidden Fire