SWISSHELMS FIRE UPDATE: July 6, 2017 – 10am
Location: 10 Miles East of Elfrida, AZ and west of Lesile Canyon Road.
Start Date: June 27, 2017 Cause: Undetermined Size: 10,950 acres (450 less acres based on improved mapping) Containment: 75% Vegetation: Grass and brush.
Resources 173 persons: 4 crews, 6 engines, 3 Tenders, 2 bulldozers, 3 helicopters, 1 airplane and Misc. Overhead
Incident Commander: Ricky Cox Gila/Las Cruces Type 3 Incident Management Team
Summary: Minimal creeping and smoldering fire behavior has been observed within the Swisshelms Fire’s interior perimeter. Firefighters will work to keep the fire within designated control features and address opportunities to rehabilitate bulldozer and handlines as prescribed.
Lightning continues to be a concern for crews during afternoon thunderstorms. However, designated fire resources will be used to aggressively assist in suppressing new starts near the Swisshelms Fire. Those storms may also produce gusty winds and erratic outflow winds.
The fire started June 27th, three miles north of the Saddle Fire on private land. The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, federal agencies and local cooperators are working to suppress the fire.
SIPHON FIRE UPDATE: July 6, 2017 – 10am
Location: 18 Miles southwest of Wilcox, AZ.
Start Date: July 4th, around 4:45 p.m. Cause: Lightning Size: 271 acres Containment: 20% Vegetation: Grass and brush.
Resources 83 persons: 2 crews, 6 engines, 2 Tenders, 3 helicopters and Misc. Overhead
Incident Commander: Jesse Holguin (trainee), Ricky Cox Gila/Las Cruces Type 3 IMT
Summary: The Siphon Fire started from a lightning strike at the base of the Dos Cabezas Peaks. At the initial call-out, three primary residences were voluntarily evacuated, but those residents are now back home. The fire quickly moved through desert fuels and was active on all flanks. Crews worked to stop movement of the fire with the use of air resources and multiple ground crews, including, engines, water tenders, and a Type 1 hand crew from the Swisshelms Fire. Multiple local cooperators are assisting the Department of Forestry and Fire Management to be sure heat that was detected from last night’s infra-red flight does not re-ignite fuels beyond the control lines.
Stage 2 are in effect in for Cochise, Greenlee, Graham, Pima, Pinal, and Santa Cruz, counties on all State-owned and State-managed lands. For other fire restriction see: https://firerestrictions.us/az/
or check with your local jurisdiction to see if additional restrictions are in place. Fireworks are always prohibited year-round on federal lands.