The Pinal Fire is burning 6 miles south of Globe. The fire is approximately 2, 841 acres. The natural fire frequency of the landscape where this fire is burning is every 2 to 17 years. Wildfire has been excluded from this ecosystem and last burned in the area in 1952. This has resulted in a heavy build-up of dead needles and leaves, branches, and logs. The area needs the reintroduction of low-severity fire to improve forest health and wildlife habitat, and reduce the risk of high intensity wildfire.
Continued preparation and defense of structures and infrastructure along the indirect control lines. Utilize firing operations when and where necessary to maintain low intensity fire conditions and prevent unwanted impacts to the values at risk including structures, infrastructure, recreation, wildlife and range allotments.
Projected Incident Activity
- 12 hours: fire is expected to experience spread in northerly direction where available fuels and slope align with the winds.
- 24 hours: Moderate rates of spread in north direction in the timber understory are expected should firing operations be possible and /or the winds occur.
- 48 Hours: Generally north direction of spread is anticipated as the fire moves through the understory of the timber.
- 72 hours: Continued northerly spread.
Hotter and dryer weather expected into the week.