Local crews have been working diligently on the Stina and Cat Fires as well as responding to Initial Attack on numerous lightning ignitions across the district. In order to take pressure off local resources, Kaibab fire officials have transitioned command of the Stina Fire to the Central West Zone Type Three Incident Management Team as of 6:00 a.m. today. The Stina and the Cat Fires are both under command of the team which will finalize suppression activities, direct mop-up, and initiate suppression repair.
Kaibab National Forest
The Stina Fire received additional moisture yesterday that is prompting a change in suppression tactics. Prior to the rain, the suppression tactic was an indirect strategy of using road systems and dozer lines to burn off of to secure containment lines. The strategy was in place as a safer way to control the fire due to the erratic fire behavior, thus not putting fire crews directly adjacent to the fire.
Although the area has received light to moderate precipitation and smoke might not be visible in the air, the risk of fire is still present. Fires in heavy mixed conifer can lay down and wait out rain and moisture, only to reemerge once the fuels dry out.Forecasters predict a drying trend through the weekend which could rejuvenate the fire.
The Cat Fire continues to spread slowly to the southeast, creeping along the forest floor and occasionally flaming up in areas where there are dense pockets of unburned fuel.
“The fire is creating a mosaic of burned and unburned patches within the wilderness,” said North Kaibab District Ranger Randall Walker. “It’s doing what fire has naturally done here, enhancing the wilderness character and creating a diverse landscape.”
Total of 102 personnel including two hotshot crews, nine engines, and two water tenders
Weather conditions were favorable for burnout operations across the Stina Fire yesterday. Burnout operations occurred across three flanks yesterday, with the northeast flank having the most activity along a 1.5-mile stretch of fireline.
“We made big strides in securing the northeast edge of the fire yesterday,” said Incident Commander Trainee Dave Veater. Crews also started conducting burnout operations on the eastern and southern flank of the fire.
Two 20-person hotshot crews and one 20-person Type-two hand crew
Fire managers are implementing a suppression strategy using tactics to minimize the impact on the land.
The Obi Fire is estimated at 9,921 acres. Growth today was primarily in the southern portions of the fire perimeter as the fire continues to back down towards Cape Royal. Fire behavior is active with isolated tree torching and surface fire of one to four foot flames where the fire is consuming dead logs. The fire continues to grow through pine needles and downed logs.
Central West Zone Type 3 Team, continues to manage the Cat Fire with full suppression tactics. Fire management decisions are determined with consideration of firefighter safety, location of the fire, available resources, regional and national preparedness levels, and weather forecast.
Maintaining the integrity of cultural and natural resources within the Saddle Mountain Wilderness is a key management objective. “While we are concerned about these valuable resources, our most important resource is people,” said Incident Commander Rob Williams.
Central West Zone Type 3 Team, under the command of Rob Williams, took over the management of the Cat Fire at 6 a.m. today. The new team will continue suppression efforts started by previous fire crews on scene. They will also assess the current fire status and develop appropriate management strategies to address the challenges of maintaining firefighter safety while fighting fire within the rugged terrain of Saddle Mountain Wilderness.
Date reported: August 6, 2018
Size: 2,387 acres
Active fire behavior was seen on the Cat Fire today, resulting in the consumption of an estimated 800 acres. Fire spread mainly downslope to the east and south predominately in ponderosa and pinyon-juniper fuel types.
Date reported: August 6, 2018
Size: 2,118 acres
Location: The Cat Fire is about 25 miles southeast of Jacob Lake in the Saddle Mountain Wilderness on the North Kaibab Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest.