Location: 10 Miles East of Elfrida, AZ and west of Lesile Canyon Road.
Start Date: June 27, 2017
Size: 10,500 acres (est. based on fire activity, not IR flight)
Vegetation: Grass and brush.
Resources 248 persons: 7 crews, 7 engines, 4 Tenders, 2 bulldozers, 6 helicopters, 5 airplane and Misc. Overhead
Incident Commander: Ricky Cox Gila/Las Cruces Type 3 Incident Management Team
Summary: The Swisshelm Fire started June 27th, three miles northwest of the Saddle Fire on private land. The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, along with federal agencies and local cooperators, are working to suppress the fire.
On Sunday, the fire showed the most activity in the northeast corner as it made uphill runs through drainages when the slopes and winds aligns. So far, firefighters have been able to limit fire spread off Swisshelm Mountain on the west perimeter. There has not been any growth to the south or east even though containment lines were tested with strong wind gusts and dust devils that can typically carry embers outside of the containment lines and ignite more fires. Crews monitor the fire every night to make sure lines are holding up.
Lightning continues to a be a concern in the area. Today, predicted thunderstorms may produce gusty and erratic outflow winds. In addition to working to contain the north perimeter, designated fire resources will be utilized to aggressively assist in suppressing new lightning starts near the Swisshelm Fire.
Be aware of air quality for the immediate vicinity of Swisshelm Fire. Thickest smoke is often encountered in the early morning when the cool night air causes the smoke to settle near the ground. This is the time when precautions should be taken.
• If you have asthma, take your prescribed medications. Call your doctor if symptoms worsen.
• Do not smoke or use vapor cigarettes.
• Homes with a swamp cooler, turn unit off until air quality improves. Air conditioners keep the fresh-air intake closed and the filter clean.
• If you do not have an air conditioner and it is too warm to stay inside with the windows closed, seek shelter elsewhere such as at a relative's or friend's home. During the day consider going to public libraries, senior center and other public places that may have air conditioning.
Fire Restrictions: 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.