Black Mesa Ranger District

The Hank Fire is happening approximately five miles west of Heber. It is 21 acres in size and zero percent contained.

Cause: Human caused, under investigation       

Resources Assigned: 1 hand crew, 2 engines

Vegetation:  Pinyon pine and grass                         

Growth Potential:  Low to Moderate

Structures Threatened: 0

The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests Black Mesa Ranger District (BMRD) plans to burn piles along the eastern boundary of the Slim Fire area from 2017.  The piles are along Forest Roads 170G, 172F, and 172C approximately 3 miles north of Forest Lakes.  This pile burn is a follow up to previous slash created from the Slim Fire. 

If conditions allow, the BMRD will also be burning piles within portions of the Fulton Timber Sale-Unit 4 along Forest Road 171. This pile burn will be implemented to reduce slash on the ground created by logging operations.

Although most roads on the forest remain open including Forest Road 300, recent snow in the Rim Country has made some forest roads impassable. For public safety and resource protection, The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests’ Black Mesa Ranger District (BMRD) has implemented wheeled motor vehicle restrictions, which affect access to Woods Canyon Lake and the Mogollon Rim Visitor’s Center. Both locations have been gated closed due to icy conditions but are still open to non-motorized modes of travel including skis, snowshoe, and foot. 

The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests’ Black Mesa Ranger District plans to conduct a prescribed burn within Burn Blocks 1, 2, and 6 of the Nagel Forest Health Prescribed Burn area, if weather conditions allow, from November 14 - 17. This burn will be south of the Dutch Joe Ranch area. The burn will be to the east of Forest Road 34, south of Forest Road 100, to the west of Forest Roads 117, and to the north of Forest Roads 9439 and 9429A.  The burn blocks will encompass approximately 963 acres.

The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests’ Black Mesa Ranger District plans to conduct a prescribed burn within the Alder Burn Block of the Rim Lakes Forest Health Prescribed Burn area, if weather conditions allow, from November 7 - 9.  This burn will be Northwest of Woods Canyon Lake north of Forest Road 195, east of Forest Road 300, and south of Forest Road 169.  The whole burn project will encompass about 1,400 acres.

On October 14, the transition was made to a Type 4 fire due to decreased fire activity and minimal control issues.  The 33 Springs fire has had no additional growth over the last week.  Dozer lines and hand lines are complete around the perimeter of the fire, and crews will continue to patrol and monitor the area closely due to strong forecasted winds and some interior pockets of fuel still burning.  There are no smoke impacts anticipated for any of the surrounding or adjacent communities within the area.  This will be the final update for the 33 Springs fire as long as no significant chang

The fire is in steep, rugged terrain in Leonard Canyon, 17 miles northwest of Forest Lakes, bordering the Coconino National Forest. Southwest winds produced strong gusty winds today but the fire lines held and there was no additional growth. Dozer lines and hand lines are complete around the perimeter of the fire, and crews continued to patrol and mop up the southern, eastern and northern flanks of the fire today.

Location:

  • Black Mesa Ranger District of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests
  • Coconino County, Arizona
  • Northwest of Forest Lakes in Leonard Canyon

Start Date:  October 6, 2017                                                            

Size:  Approximately 1,800 acres

Percent contained:  15%                                                                     

Cause:  Lightning

Personnel Assigned: 130             

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