drones

On Monday, August 14, through Friday, August 18, the Forest Service plans to conduct the annual aerial survey for insect and disease outbreaks on the Tonto National Forest.  Forest Service airplanes and helicopters regularly fly over private, state, and National Forest System lands at low altitudes to perform a variety of natural resource management missions, including insect and disease surveys, remote sensing to acquire aerial images and data, and firefighting.

Acreage: 27,238 acres (estimated)                                                                                                                 

Percentage of Containment: 95%          

Date Reported: June 30, 2017                                                                                                                         

Cause of Fire: Under Investigation                

Acreage: 27,238 acres (estimated)                                                                                                   

Percentage of Containment: 65%         

Date Reported: June 30, 2017                                                                                                           

Cause of Fire: Under Investigation                

Acreage: 14,000 acres (estimate)                                                                 

Percentage of Containment: 0%                   

Date Reported: June 30, 2017                                                          

Cause of Fire: Under Investigation                               

Fuel Type: Tall Grass and Brush, with Ponderosa Pine and Mixed Conifer at higher elevations    

Location: Bradshaw Ranger District,  of Prescott National Forest; 14 miles south of Prescott, AZ (T12N R1W, S28)

Start date: June 24, 2017, 4:00 p.m.

Size: Approximately 20,400 acres Blue Hills, Potato Patch,

Percent Contained: 1%

Cause: Under Investigation

Resources Assigned: Approximately 950 personnel

Vegetation: Predominantly dense chaparral and Ponderosa pine stands in drainages.

Coconino National Forest firefighters responded to the Power Fire southwest of Fort Tuthill around 4 p.m. today and were able to stop the spread of the fire at 3.1 acres.

Firefighting air attack resources were kept from entering the area because an unmanned aerial vehicle, also known as a drone, was flying over the fire and spotted in the area of operations. Whenever a drone is present firefighting aircraft must be removed from the area, for safety reasons.

Acres: 7,198 acres                                                           

Start Date: June 10, 2017

Cause: Unknown, under investigation                   

Origin: 8 mi N of Payson in 1990 Dude Fire Scar

Containment: 92%                                                         

Fuels: Grass, brush, heavy and down fuels, ponderosa pine and mixed conifer

Total personnel: 421                                                     

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