The Oak Fire is being managed within a planning area boundary using strategy and tactics necessary to minimize impacts to sensitive areas and values at risk while maximizing benefits to natural resources. Beneficial effects include removal of fuels, shrubs, snags and decadent grasses.
The fire is burning with a mosaic pattern of intensities, with the majority of the area burning at low to moderate intensity.
The fire will continue to show similar fire activity as the last few days, which will include backing down slopes and then some uphill runs. Some of the activity will be intense for short periods/runs. Fuels are very dry in the area and very receptive to ignition. Fire behavior increased slightly on June 29 and produced a column in Corral and Brush canyons as it aligned with slope and wind.
The fire is expected to continue to grow to the south and west in the Rattlesnake Creek, Corral Canyon and Paddy’s River areas.
Most of the activity June 29 was on the west side of the fire in Corral Canyon, as backing and flanking fire with short intermittent uphill runs. Crews will continue to patrol and hold established check lines, prepare possible check lines, burnout where feasible to reduce fire effects to meet objectives, continue structure protection at Powers Garden and for other structures to the south, and mop up and secure containment lines on the northeast portion near Deer Creek Ranch.
The fire is being managed for multiple objectives within a defined planning area mostly within the Galiuro Wilderness area. The planning area includes Rattlesnake Canyon on the west and southwest sides, High Creek on the southeast side and the Forest boundary on the east and north sides.
Due to a large amount of traffic on the Klondyke and Aravaipa Roads; the county will have large equipment working on repairing ruts and washboards. Drive with caution and be safe.
Entering or using the northern portion of the Galiuro Mountains north of Sunset Peak and Kielberg Peak (as described below) is prohibited. The southern line of the closure area begins at the Forest boundary on High Creek Road (FS 159) at T10S, R21E, Sec. 17, SE and following this road to the High Creek Trail and thence west to Sunset Peak. From Sunset Peak continuing west to Kielberg Peak and the Forest boundary at T10S, R19E, Sec. 9, SW. The closed area is all National Forest System lands north of this line.
Oak Fire summary:
- Start Date: 6/17/2014
- Safford Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest
- Township 8 S./Range 20 E./Section 34
- Safford, Arizona
- Size: 11,172 acres
- Cause: lightning
- Containment: 5%
- Resources Assigned:
- Wildland Fire Module
- Engines: 7 assigned
- 4 hotshot crews
- 3 Type 2 hand crews
- Helicopters: 4
- Air attack platform
- Single engine air tankers available, used as needed
For more information on this incident see http://inciweb.nwcg.gov