The Southern Arizona Chapter of the American Red Cross is opening a reception center at the Benson High School, 360 S. Patagonia St, Benson, AZ 85602 this evening at approximately 2100 hrs (9:00 pm) in response to the evacuations caused by several of the wildfires burning in the area.  The reception center will be able to provide information, snacks and water initially.

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Slavin Fire started at 1530 Tuesday 15 miles SE of Benson. The initial call came in as a structure fire burning into the wildland. Fire is estimated at 50 acres and evacuations have been ordered for 12 structures in the Dragoon Ranch Estates. DFFM has launched air attack and additional crews are en route.

Basic Information:

Current as of: 5/30/2017, 4:51:29 PM

Incident Type Wildfire

Cause unknown

Date of Origin Tuesday May 30th, 2017 approx. 03:30 PM

Location 15 miles SE of Benson 

Incident Commander Don Boursier

The Safford Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest expects to begin the Paddy’s River Prescribed Fire as early as mid- December, 2016. The project area consists of National Forest System lands in the southern portion of the Galiuro Mountains in southeastern Arizona, and is included in the Coronado’s Galiuro FireScape Project.

The project boundaries lie between High Creek on the south and Deer Creek on the north and contains the Paddy’s River drainage, Black Canyon, Wood Canyon, and High Creek including both wilderness and non-wilderness land in rugged terrain.

The lightning ignited Deer Head Fire remains 850 acres in size. Although many areas surrounding the Tucson Basin received significant rainfall Saturday, the Deer Head Fire area received a scant .08 inches.  Firefighters yesterday monitored and patrolled the fire area. Mindful of the need to protect Manning Camp, firefighters continue to apply tactics to keep the fire from moving in that direction.  This lightly burning fire is providing significant value to natural ecosystems, allowing fire managers to achieve many resource objectives.

The lightning-ignited Deer Head Fire, named for nearby Deer Head Spring, is burning in the Rincon Mountains of Saguaro National Park. Yesterday’s helicopter GPS survey update indicates it has grown to 550 acres. Fire behavior was light yesterday, due to high humidity and cool overnight temperatures. Rainfall at the fire has been minimal with no precipitation recorded yesterday. Today and tomorrow the weather forecast calls for lower humidity and increased temperatures. These conditions are expected to lead to increased fire activity.


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