Green Valley

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. 

Prolonged winds which drove the fire in recent days subsided and cooler temperatures helped reduce active fire behavior. Minimal smoldering fire activity was observed today.  Dust devils will continue to occur and be visible within the fire perimeter.

The number of personnel assigned to the fire continues to decrease due to successful suppression efforts. Personnel numbers will be down to about 50 tomorrow, from a peak of almost 800 assigned to the fire. Firefighters will continue mop up and patrol operations to ensure the edge of the fire perimeter is secure.

Last night firefighters patrolled along the fire perimeter where pockets of heat had been detected. No growth occurred on the fire overnight.

Today, firefighters will patrol and strengthen the fireline along the perimeter, working to increase containment on the northeast side. Despite high winds and rough terrain, only minor injuries have been reported. Due to the successful firefighting efforts, demobilization of fire personnel will begin.

Today was a productive, safe, and quiet fire day despite the strong winds testing the firelines. Firefighters experienced wind gusts of up to 45 miles per hour (mph) that created dust devils and ash rolls. Due to the successful work of fire crews, the fire is now 61% contained.

Tomorrow, firefighters will continue patrolling and securing the fire’s edge, focusing on the northeast side.  Some fire personnel will be released due to the successful firefighting efforts from the previous operational periods.

Today, a Type 1 Incident Management Team (IMT) assumed command of the Sawmill Fire and will continue with full-suppression strategy efforts. The IMT is working for the State of Arizona, Bureau of Land Management, and Coronado National Forest to manage the Sawmill Fire.

Fire Information 

Estimated Acres: 46,954 (based on visual estimate)

Start Date: April 23, 2017

Cause: Human caused, under investigation

The Sawmill Fire, which started April 23, is currently under unified command with the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management and the US Forest Service. The Southeast Zone Type 3 Incident Management Team will assume command of the fire at 0700 tomorrow, Tuesday the 25th. Aerial and ground resources will continue to establish a secure fire perimeter and work to actively suppress the fire.

The fire’s behavior is being influenced by gusty conditions and very low relative humidity.

The Sawmill Fire started April 23 at approximately 1100 on AZ Department of Forestry and Fire (DFFM) land. The fire is currently estimated at 1,500 acres. DFFM ground resources as well as federal aircraft resources are actively suppressing fire. There is currently one evacuation and place and one on standby.


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