The Slim Fire is burning approximately 4 miles north of Forest Lakes near Chevelon Canyon in the Black Mesa Ranger District of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests that is 16 miles west of Heber, Arizona. Reported on June 2 the fire is burning in Ponderosa pine and mixed conifer. Size is reported at 3,282 acres, with 50% containment.
The Slim Fire started on June 2, 2017 and initially estimated at 30 acres. The Type 3 Incident Management Team with Chris Johnson as the Incident Commander assumed command of the incident at 0600 on June 3, 2017. The fire is in steep terrain, near the headwaters of Chevelon Creek.
Firefighters are currently working to contain the fire utilizing roads, hand lines and dozer lines to minimize impacts to the area. Aerial resources are being utilized to support ground crews as needed. Objectives are to works towards fire containment while providing for firefighter safety.
Resources currently assigned consist of 7 Interagency Hot Shot crews, 2 Type 2 Hand Crew, 3 Helicopters, 2 Type 3 Engines, 7 Type 6 Engines, 2 Dozers, 6 Water Tenders, Miscellaneous Overhead, and 2 Air Attack for a total of 291 personnel assigned to the incident.
Warm and dry conditions with a slight chance of thunderstorms continue to be the weather concerns. High temperatures in the fire area expected to be in 78-88 degrees. RH lows expected to be in the 12% range. Southwest winds will continue to be a concern in the fire area, with gusts up to 40 mph by Sunday.
A temporary flight restriction is in effect over the fire area, and will remain in place until further notice. This restriction includes drones or unmanned aerial vehicles. The public is reminded that “If you fly, we can’t!”