The Pine Fire experienced a short lull in monsoonal moisture at the end of last week. With the continuing trend of high temperatures, smoke has been visible the past few days. Late Tuesday, Aerial resources (Air Attack) observed the fire backing to the South into an unnamed drainage East of Bishop Creek Drainage. Despite the fire’s Wilderness location, fire managers decided to engage the fire by use of both aerial and ground resources. Crews will plan to construct containment lines and “mop up” hot spots along the fire’s edge using (MIST) Minimal Impact Suppression Techniques along with support from the helicopter.
The remote Pine Mountain Wilderness would present challenges to extract injured personnel if an incident were to occur. Contingency plans as well as a Fireline Medical Team are in place.
- Location: Pine Mountain Wilderness – Verde Ranger District (T11N, R5E, SEC 35)
- Start Date: 07-30-20
- Size: 2124 Acres
- Percent Contained: 90%
- Cause: Lightning
- Vegetation: Grass, Brush, Ponderosa Pine
Resources: 1-Type 2 Hand crew, 1-Type Three Helicopter (Suppression, Aerial Reconnaissance, Logistical Support), 1-Fireline Medical Crew.
Weather: Near-record heat was observed across the region yesterday afternoon. Maximum temperatures ranging from 93-103 degrees, minimum relative humidity 10-15%, winds 5-15 MPH out of the West. Hot and dry weather will continue into Friday and Saturday along with near record high temperatures.
Closures: Forest ordered closures are in effect as of July 27th. Fire managers and forest personnel will go in and evaluate the fire area to mitigate any hazard trees along the wilderness trail systems for public safety. See attached maps for further information.
Remember – Fireworks are illegal on public land: every forest, every day.
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