Saturday winds reduce burn rate of Gate 13 Fire

February 10, 2018 - 3:18 pm

A morning reconnaissance of the Gate 13 Fire determined that increased winds of 20-30 mph, with gust up to 35, at Camp Navajo have significantly reduced the burn rate and spread of the fire.

Firebreaks installed yesterday are holding up to the fire and secondary breaks were installed in the northwest sector of the area.

In addition, “Bambi Bucket” water drops are extinguishing hot spots along the eastern boundary of the fire. This effort has been productive with 5-to-7 minute turn around times from water collection to release. 

The air space around the fire area is closed to non-firefighting aircraft assets until further notice.

Arizona Department of Environmental Quality is monitoring air quality from Ponderosa Fire Station in Bellemont and in Kachina Village, 6 miles south of Flagstaff near I-17.

Safety signs are in place along I-40 to warn drivers of the potential hazards caused by smoke along the freeway.

The fire has consumed approximately 900-acres on an area that precludes active fire suppressio and remains within the established containment lines.

This fire poses no risk to facilities or current operations of the installation. This fire is well contained within the boundaries of the Camp Navajo installation. The fire is burning slowly in Volunteer Canyon and more rapidly in the open grasslands.

Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs, which includes Camp Navajo, is in close coordination with Coconino and Kaibab National Forests, Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, other local fire district partners and Coconino County.

The fire is burning in an area that is unsafe for firefighters to actively conduct fire suppression operations, therefore, a containment strategy was chosen. Due to the inability to actively suppress this fire in its current location we anticipate smoke in the region for an extended period.

Fire details:

Location: Camp Navajo

Start date: February 6, 2017

Size: Approximately 900 acres

Cause: Demolition operations

Resources Assigned: 16 personnel

  • 3 Graders
  • 2 Dozers
  • 3 Water tenders
  • 2 Type 6 engines
  • 2 Black Hawk Helicopters with Bambi Buckets

Vegetation: Ponderosa pine, spruce, juniper and grasslands

Fire Information:

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