The Oak Fire is 5 percent contained and estimated at 9,750 acres. 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.
Summary: The fire is expected to continue to grow to the south and west in the Rattlesnake Creek, Corral Canyon and Paddy’s River areas. The fire is expected to stay active until a monsoonal weather pattern settles into the area.
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, decadent grasses, shrubs, and snags. The fire is burning with a mosaic pattern of intensities, with the majority of the area burning at low to moderate intensity.
Today, crews will be patrolling and holding fire line along the fire’s northeast perimeter and near Deer Creek Ranch. Firefighters are assessing and preparing for opportunities to hold the fire east of Rattlesnake Canyon. Crews are removing excess fuel around Powers Garden, and assessing Shootout Cabin and Ball Mine Assay Building.
Closures: The closed area begins at Bottle Canyon to Powers Hill; Rattlesnake Creek, south and east to Holdout Spring; along the East Divide Trail and Paddy’s River to the Forest Boundary; all enclosed by the Forest Boundary to the east and north as illustrated on the closure map. This area is located in T08S, T09S, and T10S, R19 and 20E.
Fire Weather: Today: Temperature 94 degrees; relative humidity 10%; winds west 16 to 21 miles per hour (mph), gusting to 40mph.
Tonight: Temperature 62 degrees; relative humidity 40%; winds west 14 to19mph, gusting to 40mph, easing at 21mph and becoming 3 to 7mph after 2300. Lighter winds Sunday 10 to 14mph, gust 25mph. Haines Index 5, Moderate.
Fire Behavior: The fire will continue to be active with short intermittent uphill runs. Some of the activity will be intense for short periods of time. Most activity is on the south and west side of the fire. There will be continued preparation and evaluation for containment on the east side.
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Provide for public, firefighter and aviation safety.
Contain fire within the National Forest boundary.
Improve wildlife habitat, including wildlife forage.
Limit fire effects in the Home Ranch Tank drainage to help protect threatened Chiricahua leopard frog.
Fuel reduction to reduce future fire danger.
Improve rangeland conditions, watershed conditions and maximize overall forest health.
Utilize Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics (MIST) when working within Galiuro Wilderness.
Location: Safford Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest
Start Date: 6/17/2014
Wildland Fire Module
Engines: 7 assigned
5 hotshot crews
2 Type 2 hand crews
Air attack platform
Single engine air tankers available, used as needed