The lightning-caused Cassadore Springs Fire is burning in the Hilltop area on the San Carlos Apache Reservation lands. On Monday August 3rd, the San Carlos Agency delegated authority to the Southwest Area Type 2 Incident Management Team 4 to manage the incident.
Highlights: The incident management team will host a virtual community meeting on Thursday night, August 13th at 8:00 P.M. at https://www.facebook.com/CassadoreSpringsFireInfo/. An American Sign Language interpreter and CART captioning will be provided. A recording will be posted following the meeting. No account is required to view the video. If a pop-up box appears when you first navigate to the link, you can use the scroll bar on the right to scroll down to the view and/or click “not now” to minimize the login pop-up. We will monitor online Facebook questions during the meeting, or you can email us your questions in advance at [email protected].
Fire Activity and Operations: Yesterday was the first quiet day on the Cassadore Springs Fire since it began on August 1st. Fire managers have increased the containment to 75%. Crews are continuing to perform suppression repair duties and mop up the remaining heat on the fire. There were no new starts yesterday, but the potential remains high as thunderstorms bring in more lightning. The incident management team has started the process of releasing some crews to other fires in the region, while retaining enough resources to effectively manage the Cassadore Springs Fire and respond to any new fire starts. The number of personnel assigned to the fire will continue to decrease due to successful firefighting efforts.
Weather: An Excessive Heat Warning is in effect Wednesday through Monday. The monsoon may be sputtering to life as moisture begins to move north into Arizona. This moisture will bring a risk of thunderstorms to the area both Wednesday and Thursday afternoons with a threat of gusty winds, lightning, and a chance for some rain. Temperatures will remain quite hot, nearing record highs despite the clouds and storms. Friday through Saturday will be hot and generally dry with very few thunderstorms. Sunday into the early part of next week, the monsoon flow looks to strengthen with an increasing chance of showers and thunderstorms.
Acres: 21,258 acres
Start Date: August 1, 2020
Total personnel: 325
Location: 11 miles north of San Carlos, AZ
Fuels: Brush, grass, ponderosa pine
Cassadore Springs Fire Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CassadoreSpringsFireInfo/
San Carlos Apache Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SCATFORESTRY
Smoke Report: http://www.azdeq.gov/wildfireforecast?fire=cassadorespringsfire
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