Coronado National Forest

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.

Crews continue mop up operations on the Ramsey Canyon Fire, patrolling the fire perimeter and extinguishing hot spots.

This incident is a reminder that the Coronado National Forest now experiences year-round fire season. Visitors to the Forest should remain vigilant with their use of fire, and never leave any fire unattended for any reason, for any amount of time. Recreationists should ensure all fires are cold to the touch before leaving them.

The Ramsey Canyon Fire was reported at approximately 6:00 p.m. last night. Forward progress of the fire has been stopped, due to the quick response of engines from Coronado National Forest, Fry Fire District and Palominas Fire District, and fire crews from the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management. Crews are mopping up, patrolling the fire perimeter and extinguishing hot spots.

The Coronado National Forest, Safford Ranger District plans to conduct wood pile burning activities on Mt. Graham, in the Pinaleño Mountains, over the next several months. Burning will be dependent upon weather conditions.

The project is intended to reduce excessive vegetation, or “fuel,” in and adjacent to the summer home areas of Turkey Flat and Old Columbine to create defensible space and restore a more fire-resilient forest within the area. 

Wood piles will also be burned in the vicinity of Grant Hill. 

Fire managers on the Santa Catalina Ranger District, Coronado National Forest expect to ignite the Bigelow Prescribed Fire on Mt. Lemmon Monday, November 14, if conditions such as temperature, wind speed and direction, relative humidity and fuel moistures are favorable.

The 200-acre Bigelow Prescribed Fire will burn on Mt. Bigelow in the Santa Catalina Mountains.  The project duration should be one day.

Two fires were reported Wednesday, July 27, 2016.  The Right Hand Fire was reported at 3:30 p.m. and the P Ranch Fire was reported at 6:30 p.m.  Both fires were ignited by lightning and are burning in grass, brush, and juniper.  No structures are threatened.  Fire has performed a natural role in this ecosystem of clearing excessive vegetation and recycling nutrients into the soil.  Due to the natural ignition and remote locations, the fires are being managed for multiple objectives, including those aforementioned, as opposed to full suppression to extinguish them.

Two fires were reported Wednesday, July 27.  The Right Hand Fire was reported at 3:30 p.m. and the P Ranch Fire was reported at 6:30 p.m.  Both fires were ignited by lightning and are burning in grass, brush, and juniper.  No structures are threatened.  Fire has performed a natural role in this ecosystem of clearing excessive vegetation and recycling nutrients into the soil.  Due to the natural ignition and remote locations, the fires are being managed for multiple objectives, including those aforementioned, as opposed to full suppression to extinguish them.

The Black Peak Fire was reported July 24 at 5:37 p.m. and is burning in grass and brush.  No structures are threatened.  Fire has performed a natural role in this ecosystem of clearing excessive vegetation and recycling nutrients into the soil.  Due to the natural ignition and remote location, the fire is being managed for multiple objectives, as opposed to full suppression.

Forest Road (FR) 217/Warsaw Canyon Road and FR 39/Ruby Road may experience temporary closures for fire management activities. 

The Black Peak Fire is burning south of Arivaca in the Nogales Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest.  The fire is approximately 4,400 acres and zero percent contained.

Fire was reported July 24 at 5:37 p.m. and is burning in grass and brush.  No structures are threatened.  Fire has performed a natural role in this ecosystem of clearing excessive vegetation and recycling nutrients into the soil.  Due to the natural ignition and remote location, the fire is being managed for multiple objectives, as opposed to full suppression.

The Black Peak Fire was reported July 24 at 5:37 p.m. and is burning in grass and brush in the Nogales Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest.  The fire is approximately 2,500 acres and zero percent contained.  No structures are threatened.  Fire has performed a natural role in this ecosystem of clearing excessive vegetation and recycling nutrients into the soil.  Due to the natural ignition and remote location, the fire is being managed for multiple objectives, as opposed to full suppression.

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