Location: 10 Miles East of Elfrida, AZ and west of Lesile Canyon Road.
Start Date: June 27, 2017
Size: 11,400 acres (based on improved mapping, not fire growth in the last 24 hours)
Vegetation: Grass and brush.
Resources 239 persons: 7 crews, 7 engines, 4 Tenders, 2 bulldozers, 3 helicopters, 1 airplane and Misc. Overhead
Incident Commander: Ricky Cox Gila/Las Cruces Type 3 Incident Management Team
Summary: The Swisshelms Fire started three miles northwest 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.
On Tuesday, firefighters successfully held the fire lines despite the outflow winds that were seen out of thunderstorms that built over the mountains. With the lack of new growth and the elevated relative humidity, night shift is no longer being staffed. Crews will continue to monitor the fire today to be sure that no heat remains to re-ignite fuels beyond the control lines.
Along with working to suppress the Swisshelms Fire, crews were also dispatched yesterday to assist with suppressing a new fire that was called in about 1530, 40 miles north of McNeal being called the Siphon Fire. Resources sent to assist were two crews, one engine, one tender, and two helicopters and overhead.
Lighting from last night’s storms may produce new starts and today’s 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 Swisshelms Fire.
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.
Before a wildfire threatens your area, here are some ideas to lessen the risk around your home.
- Clear leaves, dead vegetation and other debris from gutters, eaves, porches, decks and within 10 feet of the house. This prevents embers from igniting your home.
- Screen or box-in areas below decks, under-eave and soffit with wire mesh to prevent debris and combustible materials from accumulating.
- Inspect shingles or roof tiles. Replace those that are loose or missing to prevent ember penetration.
- Learn more about how to protect your home and property at www.firewise.org.