Gate 13 Fire

Heavy wooded areas ignited by the Gate 13 Fire this week are still burning today at Camp Navajo. 

Rain and snow has reduced some burning timber to smolders; however, the moisture and cold temperatures have created mud and ice on the roads.

Camp Navajo Fire Department is reporting no issues at this point and will continue to monitor the fire until it is 100 percent extinguished.

Incident command for the Gate 13 Fire is scheduled to downsize from an integrated team of Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management and Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs personnel to Camp Navajo Fire Department tomorrow morning. 

This decision comes with reports of 75 percent containment of the fire and a weather forecast favorable to fire suppression for the rest of the week.

Reduced winds and increased precipitation have improved firefighting conditions for those combating the Gate 13 Fire at Camp Navajo today.

This comes after a series of effective controlled burns yesterday that laid the ground work for successful containment of the burn area.

Another controlled burn is scheduled for today in the northwestern area of the fire pending weather conditions. This burn is designed to mitigate future fires if weather conditions remain dry this winter.

The Department of Forestry and Fire Management joined the Camp Navajo Incident Command team located at the Camp Navajo Fire Department today as the Gate 13 Fire continues to burn on the installation.

Wildland firefighters joined the fight as first responders prepare to back burn the western and eastern flanks of the blaze and mitigate the spread of fire.

Northern Arizona weather forecasts are considered favorable for these planned operations.  

A morning reconnaissance of the Gate 13 Fire determined that increased winds of 20-30 mph, with gust up to 35, at Camp Navajo have significantly reduced the burn rate and spread of the fire.

Firebreaks installed yesterday are holding up to the fire and secondary breaks were installed in the northwest sector of the area.

In addition, “Bambi Bucket” water drops are extinguishing hot spots along the eastern boundary of the fire. This effort has been productive with 5-to-7 minute turn around times from water collection to release. 

Camp Navajo Fire Department continues their containment efforts of the Gate 13 Fire today in the wake of anticipated winds expecting to reach 30-35 mph.

Yesterday's efforts to widen firebreaks helped prevent overnight flair ups allowing for first responders to better prepare for affects from wind today.

The Arizona Department of Transportation posted warning signs along the I-40 prompting drivers of potential smoke hazards in the area.

In addition, Coconino County officials have provided some health tips to help prevent illness or injury:

Camp Navajo Fire Department has conducted proactive firefighting measures to help contain and suppress the Gate 13 fire in anticipation of high winds tomorrow.

Firefighters widened 100 percent of the firebreaks in critical areas and called for additional firefighting resources to help suppress the fire that began Feb. 6.

The fire have limited the spread, however, it did spread beyond Volunteer Canyon in the southeast quadrant. Firefighters suppressed slow-moving spot fires. 

Camp Navajo Fire Department is responding to a fire that was initiated in the southwest corner of Camp Navajo near Volunteer Canyon. The Gate 13 Fire started Feb. 6 during demolition operations. The Gate 13 Fire is approximately 830-acres in an area that precludes active fire suppression and remains within the established containment lines.

Camp Navajo Fire Department and facility equipment operators have cut firebreaks around 98% of the fire in an effort to contain the fire to its current boundary.

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