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The Pine Hollow wildfire received significant moisture yesterday, and as a result rain showers moderated fire behavior on the lightning-caused fire resulting in no growth in the last 24 hours. However, as the weekend approaches a drying trend is forecasted for the Kaibab Plateau, and with that trend fire managers anticipate smoke sightings to increase.

Fire personnel also responded to three new lightning-caused fires within the last 48 hours. There has been a total of 10 new lightning-caused starts on the North Zone within the last two weeks.

The Goodwin Fire Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) assessment team has completed an evaluation of the effects of the fire on watershed conditions to determine the potential risk to human life and safety, property, and critical natural and cultural resources. They have also assessed whether appropriate and effective stabilization measures that can be implemented on national forest lands in a timely manner to reduce unacceptable risks from potential flooding and debris flow threats.

The Pine Hollow fire continued to grow today and is now just under 500 acres, the fire did receive moderate precipitation over the weekend and more is forecasted for tomorrow.

Tomorrow’s planned strategy is to take advantage of recent wetting conditions and blackline perimeters around sensitive areas within the 10,295 acre planning area boundary.

“We’re going to do so on our terms, when we’re not being pushed and can control the intensity of fire behavior in and around sensitive areas that we want to protect,” said Type IV Incident Commander Dave Veater.

The Burned Area Emergency Response Team (BAER) has completed a soil burn severity map of the Frye Fire.  Based on their analysis 1,917 acres received a rating of “High” burn severity, 5,318 acres were “Moderate” burn severity, and 31,447 acres received a rating of “Low” severity.  These ratings reflect the level of impact that the fire had on soil cover and vegetation and are used to project the impact on associated watersheds. 

A lightning-ignited fire was reported yesterday, July 19, 2017, in the Rincon Mountains at approximately 3:15 p.m. It is located about two miles northeast of Spud Rock. The fire is estimated to be approximately an acre.

Firefighters are currently monitoring and assessing the fire. Fire behavior is currently low, dampened by humidity and recent rain. There’s a chance of additional precipitation in the coming days. Firefighters will continue to monitor the fire and take action as needed.

Location: Safford Ranger District, Coronado National Forest

The Frye Fire Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) assessment team has completed an evaluation of the effects of the fire on watershed conditions to determine the potential risk to human life, safety, property, and critical natural and cultural resources. They have also assessed whether appropriate and effective stabilization measures can be implemented on national forest lands in a timely manner to reduce unacceptable risks from potential flooding and debris flow threats.

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