The Skunk Fire has consumed about 31,167 acres including fire growth and back burns.
The fire continues to grow in a northwesterly direction along Nantac Rim towards Kidde Tank and easterly towards Dry Lake Road 1583 into ponderosa pine forest. The south side of the fire is still holding in the Ash Creek area. The East line is projected to hold and contribute to increased containment next week. South and North side of the fire is contained.
Division Zulu worked to hold below Pole Corral through junction Road 1532 and 153. Division Charlie burned along Road 1500 north and east of the fire to establish a control line connecting to Basin Fire and last year’s Creek Fire. Division Foxtrot and Heavy Equipment completed fire lines on the east side of the fire on Road 1581.
Current plans are to hold the south side of the fire near Ash Creek. Division Alpha, below the rim, is still holding, and will back burn from Road 1028 on the west side of the fire. Division Charlie and Foxtrot will hold and mop up from drop 10 to west division break. They will also begin prepping for back burn from Pole Corral west along Road 1500. Division Zulu will hold and monitor Roads 181 and 1583.
The National Weather Service forecast maximum temperatures between 78-93 degrees. Southwest winds around 10 - 15 mph and increasing to 20 mph in the afternoon with gusts to 30 mph. Ridge top winds will be southwest 20-25 mph.
Skunk Fire summary
Start date: April 19, 2014
Location: San Carlos Apache Reservation
Size: 31,167 acres
Contained: 44 percent
Total personnel: 140
Fire behavior: active fire with isolated torching behavior, smoldering and active interior
Fuels involved: Timber (litter and understory), grass, juniper and oak woodlands