The lightening- caused Skunk Fire, which started on April 19, has been in monitor status for the past 25 days. The low intensity fire has grown to roughly 2,000 acres and—with increased winds—has begun to show erratic fire behavior.
The fire is traveling north towards Old Summit repeater and the ponderosa pine forest at 7,400 ft. elevation, and backing south towards elevation of 5,600 ft. elevation towards Ash Creek into grassland and oak woodlands. The fire is burning on the San Carlos Apache Reservation.
Safety for fire fighters and the public is our number one priority.
The junction of Road 1520 and 1522 in Old Summit area down to road 1521 is closed due to the Skunk Fire.
Command of the fire transition to the Central West Zone Type-3 Team at 10 a.m. today.
Crews will work to secure the north and northeast flanks due to the Mexican Owl Habitat prior to this weekend’s expected wind event.
Structure protection is in place at the Ash Creek Ranch.
Skunk Fire summary:
- Start date: April 19, 2014
- Location: San Carlos Apache Reservation
- Size: 2,000 acres
- Containment: Estimated to be contained on May 21, 2014, at approx. 10 a.m.
- Total personnel: 30
- Fire behavior: Erratic
- Growth potential: Moderate to high
- Terrain: Steep terrain with boulders