Pena Fire 70 Percent Contained

May 16, 2017 - 6:37 pm

The Pena Fire which originated in Mexico, is burning in grass and brush west of Nogales, Arizona. It has consumed approximately 300 acres on the U.S. side of the border.  Increased relatively humidity, lower temperatures, and 2016’s  Triple 2 Fire and La Sierra Fire scars have aided firefighter engaged in suppression efforts to hold the fire in Walker Canyon drainage on the U.S. side of the border. All forward movement of the fire has been halted at this time.

With weather forecasts calling for diminished winds tomorrow and the remainder of the week, continued moderate temperatures and relative humidity, fire managers have begun downsizing the number of fire fighters assigned to the fire. Three crews and four engines will remain to patrol and mop up the fire to insure it remains inside the current perimeter until completely extinguished.  Released crews will return to their home stations to rest, resupply, and prepare for the next assignment.

No structures were lost and no reportable injuries occurred during the suppression efforts on this fire.

A temporary flight restriction has been imposed by the Federal Aviation Administration over the fire area and will remain in place until further notice. This restriction includes drones or unmanned aerial vehicles. The public is reminded that “ if you fly, we can’t!”