The Pinal Fire is approximately 4,375 acres and is estimated 21 percent contained.
A community meeting will be held at 5 p.m. on May 25, at High Desert Middle School, 4000 High Desert Dr, Globe, AZ 85501. We plan to try to livestream the meeting on the Tonto NF Facebook Page. American Sign Language (ASL) services and captioning will be provided.
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.
Current as of 5/24/2017, 6:11:22 PM
Date of Origin: Monday May 08th, 2017 approx. 03:15 PM
Location: 6 miles south of Globe, AZ
Incident Description: Lightning Caused Fire Is Burning In Steep And Rugged Terrain. Some Isolated Tree Torching Is Occurring.
Total Personnel: 383
Estimated Containment Date: Thursday June 15th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved: Timber (Litter and Understory) and Chaparral (6 feet)
Significant Events: Moderate, flanking, backing, short range spotting and single tree torching.
Outlook Planned Actions
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.
Firing may be implemented by aerial resources to ensure the fire edge aligns appropriately to the slope once the wind conditions allow.
Continued hot and dry weather with continued drying of fuels.