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 estimated at 350 acres, with 0% containment.
The Slim Fire started on June 2, 2017 and began at an estimated 30 acres. The Type 3 Incident Management Team with Chris Johnson as the Incident Commander was ordered and will assumed command of the incident 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 5 Interagency Hot Shot crews, 2 Type 2 Hand Crew, 3 Helicopters, 2 Type 3 Engines, 7 Type 6 Engines, 2 Dozers, 2 Water Tenders, Miscellaneous Overhead, and Air Attack for a total of 227 personnel assigned to the incident.
Warm and dry conditions will continue across northern Arizona through Monday, with isolated afternoon showers or thunderstorms around the White Mountains. With an increase of Southwest winds on Sunday and Monday.
A temporary flight restriction has been ordered, is in effect over the fire area, and remains in place until further notice. This restriction includes drones or unmanned aerial vehicles. The public is reminded that “If you fly, we can’t!”