Acres: 5,872 acres
Start Date: June 10, 2017
Cause: Unknown, under investigation
Origin: 8 mi N of Payson in 1990 Dude Fire Scar
Fuels: Grass, brush, heavy and down fuels, ponderosa pine and mixed conifer
Total personnel: 1,243
Containment lines are holding in place. Today crews, aided by favorable weather, held and improved line on the south, east and west flanks, including tying together dozer lines on the southwest and south and reducing fuels with machinery called a ‘masticator’ along the 29 Road by Mead Ranch. Suppression repair has begun in certain areas of the fire.
Tonight crews continue to hold and improve firelines. Night crews will focus on the southeast portion of the fire above La Cienega and Ellison Creek Estates. Firefighters will continue to secure the fire along the 300 Road at the top of the Rim along the Highline Trail. Structure protection groups will remain in place in the communities south of the fire. Crews on the northwest will conduct burnout operations on the north side of the fire previously known as the Bear Fire to limit fire movement north.
Crews expect stronger downslope winds as they hold and improve fireline. Recent favorable weather has supported firefighter efforts. Firelines will be tested but are expected to withstand the winds expected tonight and in the early morning hours.
A Highline Fire Community Meeting will be held tomorrow evening, June 18, at 5 p.m. at the Starlight Pines Community Center in Blue Ridge, AZ. American Sign Language (ASL) services will be provided. Directions: from Payson, go north on Highway 87, approximately 52 miles north of Payson. Go to milepost 305.7, the Starlight Pines Community Center is on the right, located right on Highway 87.
The communities of La Cienega and Ellison Creek Estates, in the Ellison Creek drainage north of the Control Road, remain evacuated as crews work to improve lines above the community. The Bonita Creek subdivision remains in precautionary pre-evacuation status and residents should be prepared as conditions can change rapidly. Sign Up for Gila County’s Emergency Alerts at ReadyGila, http://www.readygila.com. This is the best way for the county to reach you with updates.
Coconino and Tonto National Forests Closure Orders and Fire Restrictions remain in effect.
Firefighters are working to protect values at risk where they can do so safely and effectively. Values include watersheds, private property and adjoining communities, pipelines, range improvements, powerlines, air quality, prehistoric and historic resources, federally protected species, and nationally and regionally significant trail systems.
Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. More info: Know Before You Fly, http://knowbeforeyoufly.org
Fire Information: (928) 985-0097 and (928) 362-2916 (8:00 am to 8:00 pm)
Media Line: 928-793-1955
Arizona Emergency Information: http://azein.gov