Bureau of Land Management

Effective Wednesday, May 24 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, and Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and the Arizona Division of Forestry and Fire Management will implement campfire and smoking restrictions in southeastern Arizona.

Beginning May 24, 2017, and until rescinded, the following are prohibited:

Tomorrow, May 2, at 6:00 a.m., Bea Day’s Type 1 Incident Management Team (IMT) will transition management of the Sawmill Fire back to the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, the Coronado National Forest, and the Bureau of Land Management

“Our suppression efforts were successful due to the tireless hard work performed by the firefighters and cooperators who worked in partnership with the team,” stated Southwest Area Incident Commander Bea Day. 

Today, a Type 1 Incident Management Team (IMT) assumed command of the Sawmill Fire and will continue with full-suppression strategy efforts. The IMT is working for the State of Arizona, Bureau of Land Management, and Coronado National Forest to manage the Sawmill Fire.

Fire Information 

Estimated Acres: 46,954 (based on visual estimate)

Start Date: April 23, 2017

Cause: Human caused, under investigation

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) plans to conduct a prescribed burn as early as Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, in the northern portion of the Senator Wash Area. The start date and time for the burning operation depends on weather and may be delayed until appropriate conditions occur.

Due to public safety, the North Shore Road will be closed for public use starting at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 31, 2016, through Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016. Road guards will be posted during prescribed burn implementation which is estimated to last 2-3 hours each day.

The Lion Fire had no visible smoke yesterday.

The Lion Fire is located approximately 6 miles south of Crown King on Bureau of Land Management (T9N, R1E, S18). The lightning-caused Lion Fire is 160 acres and has seen no growth over the past few days. Due to its remote location and rugged terrain, the fire continues to be monitored by aircraft with ground resources available.

Resources will continue to monitor the Lion Fire today. A helicopter recon is planned for later this morning.


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