Rain slows progression of Coldwater Fire

June 5, 2019 - 10:48 am

The Coldwater Fire, approximately 4 miles south of Clints Well, was slowed yesterday by rain and thunderstorms which rolled through the Mogollon Rim area and are in the forecast for today.

Growth from yesterday’s burnout operations was minimal, with 50 acres being burned. This brings the total fire acres up to just under 2,300 acres. 

Fire crews will continue to secure the fire area and conduct hazardous tree removal along sections of state Route 87. Arizona Department of Transportation is on scene to manage traffic, as needed, for cutting operations along Route 87. 

Burnout operations over the past few days along Forest Road 141 were successful, creating a good buffer along containment lines. Further burnout operations will be postponed until fuels dry out. Smoke impacts should be minimal over the next few days as crews work to secure the fire area for future burnout operations. 

Firefighters are restricting fire activity to a 17,400-acre boundary area where the fire may run its natural course. This does not mean the fire will move across the entire boundary area, as specific edges of a fire may be suppressed to protect public safety, private property, cultural sites, major transmission power lines, trailheads, dispersed camping sites, and other resources at risk. Additionally, some areas may not naturally burn, and precipitation may extinguish the Coldwater Fire at any time, which would bring the fire to a conclusion.

For more information on the fire, please visit the Coldwater Fire Inciweb page. Quick updates of notable fire activity and smoke impacts will also be provided via Coconino National Forest’s social media sites, to include the Forest's Twitter and Facebook sites.

Coldwater Fire overview

  • Discovery date: May 30, 2019 at approximately 6:50 a.m.
  • Cause: Lightning.
  • Origin location: Approximately 4 miles south of Clints Well (Latitude/Longitude:34.492, -111.302)
  • Current size: 2,300 acres in a 17,400 acre planning area.
  • Current resources: Air attack with helicopter, two Hotshot crews, one fuels crew, and six engines. Total personnel: approximately 100.
  • Predicted smoke impacts: Smoke impacts will be minimal due to the rain yesterday and in today's forecast.
  • Current closures: None currently. However, there may be times when ADOT personnel will be closing sections of Route 87 at small intervals while hazard trees are cut along the road.
  • Recent and current operations: Wildland firefighting crews are focusing on hazardous tree removal along state Route 87.