With the warm weather experienced this past weekend, the Pinchot Fire grew to 45 acres. It has moved into the Bear Canyon area, to secure holding features, today crews are doing preparation work along Forest Roads 95 and 139A.
Smoke has been noticed within the Blue Ridge communities. Some of the smoke is from the Pinchot Fire, but most of the smoke is from the prescribed burn that the Tonto National Forest is doing along Highway 260, east of Payson.
The remaining moisture from hurricane Paine is expected to move into the area this evening and last through Wednesday evening, this will slow progression of the Pinchot fire.
Pinchot Fire Summary:
- Start Date: August 29, 2016.
- Cause: Lightning
- Location: 8.5 miles southeast of Clints Well, in the Dick Hart Ridge area
- Current Size: 45 acres
- Fuels: Ponderosa pine and mixed conifer forest. Heavy dead and down logs, pine needles, grass, and forest litter understory.
- Smoke: Minimal smoke impacts in the immediate area. Smoke is increasing and drifting north. Evening smoke is pooling in Bear Canyon.
- Significant events: Fire has moved into Bear Canyon. The fire is burning well in the ponderosa pine loiter and creeping in the fir component.
- Planned actions: Crews are prepping control lines along Forest Roads 95 and 139A to keep fire within planned perimeters.