The Maynard Fire started early Monday morning, 18 miles N. of Arivaca and E. of the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge. The fire is estimated to be about 100 acres and is burning through dry vegetation consisting of tall grasses and brush. Two hotshot crews along with three Type 2 teams are working to suppress the fire. Air resources are assisting the Department of Forestry and Fire Management.
Predicted calmer winds on Tuesday may allow fire personnel to reassess operational tactics. In order to mitigate negative impacts on resources in the Kendrick Mountain Wilderness, fire managers plan to use aerial ignitions to introduce fire on the peaks. Flames burning uphill preheat fuels, creating a hotter burn which can harm the natural ecosystem. In contrast, flames backing down a slope burn at a much lower severity. Firefighters will introduce a lower-intensity backing fire.