Forest Service officials have implemented a second revision to the Highline Fire Public Safety Closure Order as of 4 a.m. Friday, June 23. The revisions are effective through 8 p.m. July 23, unless terminated sooner.

All lands and trails South of the Mogollon Rim to the Highline Trail (Trail #31), from Dry Dude Creek to the unnamed drainage east of Ellison Creek, are closed. Additionally, the Highline Trail is closed from Dry Dude Creek to Ellison Creek.

Location: Safford Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest 7 miles southwest of Safford, AZ

Start Date: June 7, 2017  

Cause: Lightning  

Size:  29,424 Acres  

Percent Contained: 10%

Vegetation: Timber, brush and heavy downed timber from the 2004 Nuttall Complex

Resources Assigned: 842 personnel; 21 crews, 7 helicopters, 33 engines, 4 dozers, 24 water tenders

Effective Monday, June 26, the Bureau of Land Management Gila District, all districts of the Coronado National Forest, Saguaro National Park, Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, Coronado National Memorial, Chiricahua National Monument, Fort Bowie National Historic Site, Tumacácori National Historical Park, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, and the Arizona State Forestry Division will increase campfire and smoking restrictions in southeastern Arizona.

Beginning June 26, and until rescinded, the following are prohibited:

Acres: 7,198 acres                                                           

Start Date: June 10, 2017

Cause: Unknown, under investigation                   

Origin: 8 mi N of Payson in 1990 Dude Fire Scar

Containment: 92%                                                         

Fuels: Grass, brush, heavy and down fuels, ponderosa pine and mixed conifer

Total personnel: 421                                                     

Kaibab National Forest and Grand Canyon National Park fire resources are responding to a wildfire located southwest of Grand Canyon Airport on the Tusayan Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest. The Rain Fire is about 150 acres in size and is being suppressed by aerial and ground firefighting resources.

Resources responding include an air attack platform, one air tanker, two single engine air tankers, one helicopter, three engines, one dozer, and three 20-person hand crews.

Stage 2 fire restrictions, will begin at 8 a.m., Thursday, June 22, across Coconino County. Fire restrictions are to help protect public health by reducing the number of human-caused wildfires.

The County has been in Stage 1 fire restrictions since June 15. The County is enacting Stage 2 restrictions due to forecasted weather and very high fire danger. Restrictions are in coordination with Coconino National Forest and the Arizona Department of Fire and Forestry Management.

R-14 Fires near Cedar Creek

Several road side fires were started along Highway 73 between Canyon Day and Cedar Creek on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. The fire is burning in a Pinyon Juniper Forest Type. The fire is estimated to be about 400 acres. Numerous resources are currently on the fire along with heavy air tankers . A fire investigator has been ordered to investigate the fire.

Highway 73 from Canyon Day to Carrizo Junction is closed until further noticed. More information will be forthcoming.


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