Knob Hill Fire at 1500 acres in Dragoon Mountains

February 10, 2018 - 6:40 pm

Location:

  • Douglas Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest
  • West side of the Dragoon Mountains
  • Nearest town is Dragoon, AZ

Start Date:  Feb. 10, 2018, 11:45 a.m.                   Size:  1500 acres           Percent Contained: 0%

Cause:  human caused, under investigation

Summary:  The fire started on private land on the western side of the Dragoon Mountains by Cochise Stronghold, and has burned over the mountain range onto the flatlands. It is burning in dry grass and brush, driven by high winds out of the west. Five crews have been ordered to engage in full fire suppression.

Visitors are reminded that even though it is “winter,” conditions are warm and dry, and large amounts of dried vegetation are available to burn across the landscapes of the Coronado National Forest. Fire “season” on the Forest is now year-round. “One Less Spark” means one less wildfire. Everyone should be aware of conditions around them, and their activities, and take care not to cause the spark that could ignite a wildfire – use ashtrays to dispose of smoking materials, secure tow chains so they do not drag on asphalt, don’t park vehicles over dry grass, when building a campfire ensure it’s done in a safe location, don’t weld outdoors or build campfires on windy days, never leave a campfire unattended for any reason for any length of time.

Homeowners in fire-prone areas and the wildland-urban interface are encouraged to follow Firewise principles (www.firewise.org ) and maintain defensible space around their homes.”

Objectives:

Firefighter and public safety.

Full suppression

Incident Management /Fire Use Team Assigned:  Fire is being managed as a Type 3 incident.

Resources Assigned:

  • Firefighters:  Five 20-person crews have been ordered 
  • Miscellaneous Overhead

Fire Behavior:  Fire is active and fast-moving, wind-driven in dry grass and brush.

Fire Weather:  High winds out of the west.

For updates please see Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/  or the Coronado National Forest Facebook page at http://facebook.com/CoronadoNF

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