Location: Safford Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest 7 miles southwest of Safford, AZ
Start Date: June 7, 2017
Size: 304 acres
Vegetation: Timber, brush and heavy, downed wood from 2004 Nuttall Complex fire.
Resources Assigned: Engines 4, Crews 4, Helicopters 1, Dozer 1, Excavator 1 and Miscellaneous Overhead
Incident Commander: Ricky Cox / Rich Sack trainee with the Gila/Las Cruces Type 3 Team
Summary: An indirect strategy is being taken to confine and contain the fire within the previous burn scar, to provide for firefighter safety from the numerous snags, rough terrain and many downed logs.
Yesterday, fire personnel checked fire spread with air support as the fire’s west perimeter reached the top of The Pinnacles. Crews will continue to patrol the fireline and burn out when necessary to moderate fire behavior, protect values at risk and limit high-severity fire effects to forest resources. Firefighters are monitoring fire behavior and growth and will take appropriate action if fire threatens any values at risk such as structures, recreation sites, communication facilities, etc. Based on current and expected conditions, the fire is projected to grow north and east toward the Frye Mesa Lake area.
The public is encouraged to find out more at the community meeting planned for Monday June 12 at 7:00 p.m. at the Graham County General Services Office, 921 Thatcher Blvd. Safford, Arizona.
CLOSURES: Restricting the public from entering the following area of the Pinaleño Mountain Range: East forest boundary on 366 to Noon Creek to a point north and east of Shannon Camp Ground continuing northwest to FR507 then to FR669. Continue northwest and exclude Mt. Graham International Observatory, Old Columbine and Bible Camp. Continue southwest to FR 803 at Soldier Creek Camp Ground then west-northwest to FR 88 to Webb Peak- Straight north to Forest Boundary- Proceed east, then southeast along Forest Boundary.
The following trails are closed: Ash Ridge Trail # 327, Ash Creek Trail #307, Ash Creek Detour Trail #307A, Frye Canyon Trail #36, Fry Canyon Detour Trail #36A, Round the Mountain Trail #302, Deadman Trail #70, Gibson Canyon Trail #308, Webb Peak Trail #345, Shingle Mill Trail #35, Rincon Spring Trail #331, and Trail #4527 off FR 508. No roads or campgrounds in the Pinaleño Mountains are closed at this time.
Temporary flight restrictions are in effect over the fire area, and remains in place until further notice. This restriction includes “drones” or unmanned aerial vehicles. The public is reminded that “If you fly, we can’t!”
Fire Restrictions: Stage 1 restrictions are in effect on the Coronado National Forest.
For updates please see the Coronado National Forest Facebook page at http://facebook.com/CoronadoNF and/or Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov