Start Date: June 25, 2017
Estimated Acres: 33,826
Resources Assigned: Approx. 120
Location: 30 miles NW of San Carlos, 15 miles SW of Canyon Day
Fuels: Timber (litter and understory), short grass, logging slash
Tomorrow, July 13, at 6:00 a.m., Dave Bales’ Type 2 Incident Management Team will transition management of the Hilltop Fire to a local Type 4 organization, led by a Type 3 Incident Commander. The number of personnel assigned to the fire will continue to decrease due to successful firefighting efforts. Approximately 45 personnel, including one Type 2 Initial Attack crew, two engines, two dozers, one road blade and miscellaneous overhead will remain assigned to the incident.
Heavy rain impacted the Hilltop Fire area overnight. Yesterday’s fire activity was minimal, with no additional fire spread. Moving forward, the fire is not anticipated to grow due to heavy rains last night and continued forecasts for monsoonal moisture over the next few days. There is a high likelihood of showers and thunderstorms, including heavy rain, small hail, gusty winds and lightning. Any additional moisture in the fire area will suppress all fire behavior for the near future.
Today, crews will continue to rehabilitate firelines as weather permits. On the southwest section of the fire perimeter, crews will use heavy equipment to chip and scatter slash including logs, bark, branches, stumps, and broken understory trees and brush. On the northwest side, crews will continue contingency efforts with road improvements on the 1160 road to the Salt River. On the eastern edge, firefighters will extinguish any burning materials remaining near the fire control lines. Firefighters are working to meet prescribed rehabilitation standards provided by local resource advisors.
The Hilltop Fire temporary closure order will remain in place until lifted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and local tribes. The Incident Command Post located at the Canyon Day Junior High School is now closed. Inciweb (https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5303/) will remain the official source for fire information, along with the San Carlos Apache Forest Resources Program Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/SCATFORESTRY) and the BIA Forestry and Wildland Fire Management – Fort Apache Agency Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/BIAFAAFireMgt/). For more information, please contact the local Bureau of Indian Affairs Fire Management Office at (928) 475-2326 or [email protected].
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