Fire Officials say the Ord Fire is currently burning with low intensity, mostly along the ground in the Ponderosa Pine stands. This improves the Mexican Spotted Owl habitat and renews forage for wildlife.
The objective of the Ord Fire is to consume the fuels around the communication site and lookout tower to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire during fire season and avoid negative impacts to those facilities.
Reducing the amount of fuel on the ground now, will help to prevent a crown fire under severe fire conditions. Fire burning in the lower elevation brush country may be higher intensity, removing decadent brush stands, and allowing for new growth, which will improve wildlife habitat. New growth and younger brush stands are less prone to fast moving high intensity fires.
Fire crews will burn out along Forest Road 626 (Mt. Ord Rd). Light to moderate smoke will be visible from State Routes 87 and 188. Forest Road 626 remains closed. No structures/infrastructure is threatened.
Ord Fire Summary:
- Location: East of State Route 87 (Beeline Highway) approximately halfway between Fountain Hills and Payson.
- Start Date: September 14, 2016
- Cause: Lightening
- Current Size: 375 acres
- Fuels: Ponderosa Pine
- Estimated Containment: 15%
- Equipment/Resources: 1 Suppression Crew (10 person module); 4 Engines
- Smoke: Light to Medium