Heavy wooded areas ignited by the Gate 13 Fire this week are still burning today at Camp Navajo.
Rain and snow has reduced some burning timber to smolders; however, the moisture and cold temperatures have created mud and ice on the roads.
Camp Navajo Fire Department is reporting no issues at this point and will continue to monitor the fire until it is 100 percent extinguished.
Incident command for the Gate 13 Fire downsized from an integrated team of Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management and Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs personnel to Camp Navajo Fire Department two days ago.
That decision came with 75 percent containment of the fire and a favorable rainy forecast. The fire is still contained and under control.
Some small patches of grass and foliage within the 1,290 acre footprint did not burn, which risks future re-ignition. Current precipitation is preventing that occurrence.
The fire order that allows for officials to call in additional resources will remain open in the event the fire spreads outside of the current boundary.
A series of effective controlled burns over the last few days laid the groundwork for the resource downsize.
Aviation resources have been divested and air space is open.
Remaining smoke may settle in low areas, however, ADOT signs remain along I-40 to help mitigate road hazards. No injuries or damage to equipment have been reported.
This fire poses no risk to facilities or current operations of the installation. This fire is well contained within the boundaries of the Camp Navajo installation.
The Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs, which includes Camp Navajo, is in close coordination with Coconino and Kaibab National Forests, Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, other local fire district partners and Coconino County.
The fire strategy used was chosen because of burning in an area that is unsafe for firefighters to actively conduct fire suppression operations; therefore, a containment.
- Location: Camp Navajo
- Start date: February 6, 2017
- Size: Approximately 1,290 acres
- Cause: Demolition operations
- Vegetation: Ponderosa pine, spruce, juniper and grasslands
Arizona Emergency Information Network: https://ein.az.gov/