Coronado National Forest
The Racetrack 2 Fire is burning in Redington Pass, east of Tucson. Size is estimated at five acres. One Type 1 crew, three engines, and miscellaneous overhead are responding. Fire is human-caused, under investigation, burning in grass and brush.
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Beginning May 24, 2017, and until rescinded, the following are prohibited:
Crews continued to hold the Pena Fire to approximately 300 acres yesterday. Since its forward progress has been halted, the three remaining crews and four engines working the fire today will shift into mopping up hot spots, improving fire lines around the fire, and rehabilitation of firefighting disturbances around the perimeter. Fire fighters will remain working the fire until fire managers are confident it can no longer move outside the established perimeter.
The Pena Fire was reported this afternoon south of Peña Blanca Lake on the Nogales Ranger District, Coronado National Forest. The fire was estimated at 150 acres burning in grass and brush. This falls within the area under a red flag warning until 7 p.m. tonight for low relative humidity and gusty winds that result in critical fire weather conditions. Winds were predicted to be 15-30 mph, with gusts to 40.
Coronado National Forest and the Arizona Game and Fish Department remind outdoor recreationists that the onset of summer means changed conditions on the Forest.
Officials note that as temperatures warm, vegetation is greening up and water is becoming more scarce on the “Sky Island” mountain ranges across the Forest. As a result, wildlife movements and patterns are altered, a change which requires renewed situational awareness by outdoor enthusiasts.
The Safford Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest expects to conduct Phase 2 of the Paddy’s River Prescribed Fire this week, with ignitions beginning May 3. The project area consists of National Forest System lands in the eastern portion of the Galiuro Mountains in southeastern Arizona, and is included in the Coronado’s Galiuro FireScape Project.
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.
The Safford Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest expects to conduct Phase 2 of the Paddy’s River Prescribed Fire as early as May 3, 2017. The project area consists of National Forest System lands in the eastern portion of the Galiuro Mountains in southeastern Arizona, and is included in the Coronado’s Galiuro FireScape Project.