As predicted, strong wind gusts yesterday tested fire lines constructed over the last three weeks on the Mangum fire. By late afternoon, some internal smoke was detected along with some isolated smoke near containment lines that was quickly suppressed. Another round of red flag conditions will occur today as part of a passing front.
Today firefighters will continue conducting suppression repair and secure the fire’s edge while positioned to respond to another round of red flag conditions. Two residences along House Rock remain in “Ready” status.
Tuesday the Gila Las Cruces Zone incident management team, led by Incident Commandeer Pedro Valenzuela, will assume command from Incident Commander Dave Gesser’s type 2 team. Adequate resources will remain with the fire to complete suppression repair and continue to manage its security.
IC Dave Gesser would like to extend the team’s sincere thanks to the communities of Fredonia, Arizona and Kanab, Utah for allowing this team to serve these communities during these challenging times. It has been our pleasure to work with you.
Closures: Forest Road 22 is closed between the junction of the 422 road and 429 roads. Highways 67 and 89A are now open to public travel. For the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park status see: https://www.Facebook.com/GrandCanyonNationalPark/ The U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management have amended closure orders for the North Kaibab Ranger District and Bureau of Land Management land east of Fredonia. See: https://Facebook.com/KaibabNF/ and https://blm.gov/office/arizona-strip-field-office/.
Restrictions: Kaibab National Forest has implemented Stage 2 Fire Restrictions. For a full list of prohibitions, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/kaibab/alerts-notices/?aid=58061
Temporary Flight Restrictions: Temporary flight restrictions (TFR) are in effect around the entire fire area. Remember, that temporary flight restrictions also apply to unmanned aircraft systems (drones). If you fly, we can’t!
Size: 71,450 acres
Cause: Under Investigation
Location: Origin 30 Miles SE of Fredonia
Total Personnel: 497
Incident Commander: Dave Gesser
Public Information: (602) 345-0469
Smoke Outlooks: https://fires.airfire.org/outlooks/NorthCentralArizona
CDC Wildfire Smoke and COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/smoke-faq.html
Wire Pass Fire Information: https://blm.gov/office/arizona-strip-field-office/ Phone # (435) 899-0415