The Tonto National Forest has established a temporary area closure over the Fulton Fire planning area located on the Payson and Pleasant Valley Ranger Districts due to wildland fire suppression operations. The temporary area closure reduces the potential for National Forest visitors and the public to enter the Fulton Fire planning area while wildland fire suppression and emergency operations are taking place, ensuring public and firefighter safety. Implementation of the temporary area closure will also protect firefighters and emergency responders throughout the course of the wildland fire incident management.
The Fulton Fire planning area will remain closed until October 31, 2016, or when wildland fire suppression operations have ceased and the temporary Area Closure Order is rescinded.
FULTON FIRE OVERVIEW
- Start Date: September 12, 2016
- Cause: Lightning Location: Mogollon Rim, approximately 25 miles east of Payson, Arizona. Nearby communities include Forest Lakes Estates, Colcord Estates and Ponderosa Estates.
- Current Size: Approximately 1 ½ acres
- Fuels: Ponderosa pine and mixed conifer
- Incident Commander: William Dudley
- Personnel: 165
- Resources: four hotshot crews; one Type 2 crew; five engines; two bulldozers; and one Type 3 helicopter.
- Smoke: Medium to heavy
Eastbound State Route 260 between Christopher Creek and Forest Lakes will be reduced to one lane through September 25 due to smoke and to create a safer environment for firefighting efforts.
ADOT Travel Information: az511.gov
The Mogollon Rim Visitor Center on the Black Mesa Ranger District was closed beginning September 14 due to fire activity.