The Baker Canyon Fire moved into some areas with less grass/brush, which moderated fire behavior in these areas. Natural breaks in vegetation (fire/fuel breaks) are effectively holding the fire; crews continue to improve upon these breaks and construct new breaks (fireline) to increase the percentage of containment of the fire.
The fire has moved onto Coronado National Forest and into New Mexico. High winds and dry conditions continue to remain a critical challenge to firefighters and managers.
The fire is burning in grass and brush, which is a very dynamic fuel type and highly affected by weather conditions. Red Flag conditions (high winds and low relative humidity) are a major concern.
With the challenges of high winds, low relative humidity and difficult access due to rough terrain, a significant increase in acreage is to be expected. The fire is currently 5,300 acres.
Access into the area is difficult. Fire managers are taking an indirect approach to the fire as a result; identifying areas that can be safely accessed by firefighting resources. Fire managers are working on safe and strategic positioning/utilization of the resources currently assigned to the fire and have the ability to order and access other resources as needed.
No homes or out buildings are being threatened by the fire at this time. Fire managers are working with area ranchers and land owners.
Baker Canyon Fire summary:
- Start date: March 21 at approx. 5 a.m.
- Location: approximately 28 mi NE of Douglas, Ariz., W of the Arizona/New Mexico border.
- Cause: Under investigation
- Fuel type(s): Grass and brush
- Resources include:
- Air Attack, 1 - Type 3 Helicopter, 3 - Engines, 3 - Type 2 crews
- A Type 3 Incident Management Team has been assigned to the incident.