Acres: 6,939 acres (based on infrared data) Start Date: June 10, 2017
Cause: Unknown, under investigation Origin: 8 mi N of Payson in 1990 Dude Fire Scar
Containment: 92% Fuels: Grass, brush, heavy and down fuels, ponderosa pine and mixed conifer
Total personnel: 608
Last night crews worked to complete the final piece of containment line on the east flank of Bear Canyon. Last night’s infrared flight showed an additional 75 acres of interior growth yesterday in the Bear Canyon area, in a pocket of previously unburned vegetation within the fire’s perimeter. Last night’s infrared flight will be last one for the incident. Crews will continue to extinguish any remaining heat they may detect near containment lines.
Today firefighters are mopping up and patrolling for heat along the fire’s perimeter. Firefighting resources assigned to the fire are also prepared to respond any new fire starts that may occur in the area. Significant demobilization of resources is underway, making crews and equipment available to other wildfires.
Suppression repair will continue on dozer and handlines, equipment staging areas and safety zones. Repairs include construction of water bars to channel water off lines during monsoon rain events. In areas where brush was cleared crews are now using chippers to remove slash piles along control lines. The Highline and General Cook Scenic Trails will be repaired where they were used as a control line and impacted by suppression actions. Mitigation may include flush cutting stumps close to the ground, felling of hazard trees, and use of cut trees to prevent unauthorized Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) use in the future.
Scattered thunderstorms activity is possible today. Daytime winds will be light, generally be out of the west southwest and upslope. Hot temperatures are expected again as high pressure dominates over the region.
All evacuations and pre-evacuations have been lifted. Some roads near the fire are only open to residents and businesses due to heavy fire equipment traffic and fire crews working in the area.
The Coconino and Tonto National Forests Closure Orders and Fire Restrictions remain in effect. The Coconino National Forest is moving to a Stage 2 Fire Restrictions today. For details, visit the Tonto National Forest website, https://www.fs.usda.gov/tonto/ and the Coconino National Forest website, https://www.fs.usda.gov/coconino.
Firefighters are working to protect values at risk by completing suppression efforts and repairing suppression impacts. 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. Every time a drone is spotted near the fire all aircraft are grounded until we can be sure the drone is clear of this area. More info: Know Before You Fly, http://knowbeforeyoufly.org
Fire Information: (928) 985-0097
Arizona Emergency Information: http://azein.gov