Strong winds push 33 Springs Fire across holding line

October 8, 2017 - 7:25 pm

With strong southwest winds today the 33 Springs Fire crossed holding lines and is now a potential threat to nearby structures on the northern perimeter. For safety concerns, some campers along FS 56 road were evacuated and private land owners were given notice today. Fire crews plan to construct new control lines on the northern perimeter.

On Monday, October 9, a Type 3 Incident Commander will take over the fire, and additional resources have been ordered including 2 Type 6 engines and 2 additional crews. The fire is in steep terrain in Leonard Canyon, bordering the Coconino National Forest. Fire crews continue to construct fire lines and are scouting natural features to assess and contain the fire. Lines are being constructed on the southern flank and road systems are being used to further containment measures. Fire crews will continue to be on the scene this weekend and into next week.

Fire details:


§ Black Mesa Ranger District of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests

§ Coconino County, Arizona

§ Northwest of Forest Lakes in Leonard Canyon

Start Date: October 6, 2017

Percent contained: 0%

Size: Approximately 750 - 1,000 acres

Personnel Assigned: 75

Cause: Lightning

Growth Potential: Moderate

Vegetation: Ponderosa pine and mixed conifer

Summary: Structures Threatened: Some homes and structures are potentially threatened.

Resources Assigned: 1 USFS Type 3 Engine, 1 USFS Type 6 Engine, 1 USFS Dozer, 2 Type 2 State Crews, miscellaneous personnel.

Fire Information:

  • Northeastern Arizona Public Information System: or call 311 or 928.333.3412