Crews were well prepared for all events which occurred during Saturday’s operations on the Fulton Fire. Black line construction continued along Highway 260 and the top of the Rim in conjunction with aerial ignitions. Increased fire activity was observed at lower elevations along the Rim face as fire dropped below mixed conifer fuels into primarily ponderosa pine. Some terrain driven spotting occurred within the Highway 260 corridor, prompting a brief highway closure which provided a safe zone for crews and aircraft to extinguish these spot fires. Crews worked through the night establishing additional black line along the top of the Rim.
APS released this news release last night: APS is working closely with the Forest Service to ensure the safety of first responders fighting the Fulton Fire near Payson. At approximately 8 a.m. today, APS will de-energize a power line in the area – allowing Forest Fire Managers and personnel on the ground to continue to battle the blaze without the added dangers of electricity. The planned outage will impact just over 900 customers in the community of Forest Lakes, and will be out until fire personnel have completed their work later that afternoon. APS customer associates are calling impacted residents to inform them of this outage. For more information on the status of the planned outage, visit aps.com/outage to view the APS Outage Map.
Sunday operations will continue to build on Saturday’s progress. Focus will be on powerline corridors. Arizona Public Service will be on site actively monitoring activities around the powerlines which pass through the fire zone.
Weather will remain the same through mid-day Monday. Moisture will begin moving back into the area late Monday with increasing chance of showers and thunderstorms Tuesday through Thursday.
Fulton Fire Summary:
- Location: 28 miles east of Payson, AZ; South of State Highway 260
- Start Date: September 12, 2016
- Cause: Lightening
- Size: 175 acres
- Total Personnel: 214
- Resources: Crews: 4 hotshot crews – 1 Type II crew; Helicopters: 1 Type 3; Engines: 6 Engines; Dozers: 2
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