Two fires were reported Wednesday, July 27. The Right Hand Fire was reported at 3:30 p.m. and the P Ranch Fire was reported at 6:30 p.m. Both fires were ignited by lightning and are burning in grass, brush, and juniper. No structures are threatened. Fire has performed a natural role in this ecosystem of clearing excessive vegetation and recycling nutrients into the soil. Due to the natural ignition and remote locations, the fires are being managed for multiple objectives, including those aforementioned, as opposed to full suppression to extinguish them.
Firefighters are working “point protection” to protect private inholdings and sensitive areas. Minimal containment lines have been identified, and will be maintained as fire reaches them.
The Right Hand Fire will be visible from most of Graham County. The P Ranch Fire will be visible from Highway 191.
- Firefighter and public safety shall be the first priority in all fire management activities.
- Cooperate with other federal, state and local regulatory agencies to protect air quality as required by the Clean Air Act.
- Wildland fire suppression responses shall minimize costs of suppression, resource impacts, and risks to life and property.
- Management of lightning-caused fires should be considered to restore fire’s natural role in maintaining healthy, diverse, and resilient ecosystems resistant to natural disturbances.
- Safford Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest
- Right Hand Fire, West Peak, Northwes tside of Mount Graham
- P Ranch Fire, Southeast side of Mount Graham
Start Date: July 27, 2016
Size: each is over 30 acres
Percent Contained: 0
- Engines: 1
- Miscellaneous Overhead
Fire Behavior: Fuels are moderately dry. Fire behavior consist of one- to two- foot flame lengths, backing and flanking with isolated uphill runs.
.Fire Weather: Today is expected to be much more active with isolated to scattered thunderstorms this afternoon and evening. Winds, precipitation, temperature and relative humidity levels can all affect fire behavior.