An Oak Fire information station has been set up at Walmart, 755 S. 20th Avenue in Safford. It will be staffed later this afternoon and from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday this week. Weekend hours will be determined and announced.
Most of the fire activity June 30 was on the west side in Corral Canyon and upper Douglas Canyon. Crews scouted and prepped possible contingent containment lines to the northwest and to the southeast. A crew created a safety zone around Powers Garden and wrapped the cabin with fire-resistant material. They will monitor fire activity in the area.
With the fuels very dry and receptive to ignition, crews will utilize lighting patterns to minimize fire severity and provide for backing fire where possible. An additional 3.5 miles of hand line has been constructed. 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 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.
ADVISORY: 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. Motorists are advised to drive with caution and be safe.
- Location: Safford Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest, Safford, Arizona
- Start Date: 6/17/2014
- Size: 11,852 acres
- Cause: lightning
- Objectives: Provide for public, firefighter and aviation safety. Try to contain fire within the National Forest boundary. Manage this natural ignition fire to improve wildlife habitat and forage; improve rangeland conditions; watershed conditions; improve forest health. Minimize fire severity impacts to threatened and endangered species habitat (i.e. Chiricahua leopard frog, Mexican spotted owl). Try to maintain buffer zones to trap sediment. Utilize Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics (MIST) when conducting fire management operations in the Wilderness.
- Percent Contained: 5%: 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.
- Resources Assigned: Wildland Fire Module (skilled 8 person hand crew); 3 Hotshot crews; 2 Type 2 hand crews; 4 Engines; 2 Helicopters; air attack platform; single engine air tankers available, used as needed
- Closures: The closure area has been modified. 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.The area in the vicinity of the fire is being closed for public safety.
- Fire Behavior: Backing to the south and south west, with isolated runs and single tree to group torching. Activity throughout the fire has been slope and fuels driven. Today the fire will continue to back down mostly west facing slopes and make short uphill runs. Today the fire spread toward the south and west into Douglas Canyon. The western edge of the fire is approximately .8 of a mile southeast of Powers Garden in Brush Canyon and one mile northeast of Ball Mill in Douglas Canyon.
- Fire Weather: Today: temperature 95-101 degrees; relative humidity 10-13%; winds west at 7-10 miles per hour (mph), gusting to 20 mph. Tonight: temperature 68 degrees; relative humidity 28%; winds west 9 mph with gusts up to14 mph. Winds, gusty and erratic near storms. Continued dry, Haines Index 5- moderate, possible moisture by midweek. Gusty and erratic winds are possible with the monsoonal pattern setting up..
For more information on this incident see http://inciweb.nwcg.gov .