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Tonight the American Red Cross Northern Arizona Chapter has re-opened the shelter at the Mayer High School (17300 E. Mule Deer Drive, Mayer, AZ) to support those affected by evacuation orders in Spring Valley and Mayer. 

The Red Cross would like to remind everyone to download the Red Cross Emergency app on their personal device. The Emergency app provides real-time and preparedness information, what to do during a flash flood.

About the American Red Cross:

What: Flash Flood Watch has been issued due to increased possibility thunderstorms will be capable of producing heavy rains resulting in flash flooding.

Where: Primarily Gila County, north and eastern potions of Maricopa County, and central and eastern Pinal County. Some cities include New River, Apache Junction, Casa Grande, Globe, Superior.

When: This afternoon through this evening. The Flash Flood Watch is in effect from 12 pm local until 12 am tonight.

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.

National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration meteorologists advise that a high pressure ridge is currently positioned over the four corners area of Arizona. This placement has provided conditions for moisture from Mexico to be swept into Arizona, bringing the much-needed moisture southeast Arizona normally receives at this time of year from the Mexican monsoon.

Incident Overview

A lightning strike ignited the Bar X Fire on June 21, 2017. The Bar X fire lies within the planning area of the Frye incident. Action is being taken to confine and contain the fire with assets assigned to the Frye Fire.

The Bar X Fire is being managed by the Southwest Area Type 2 Incident Management Team 3.

Location: Safford Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest 7 miles southwest of Safford, AZ

Start Date: June 7, 2017  

Cause: Lightning  

Size:  29,424 Acres  

Percent Contained: 10%

Vegetation: Timber, brush and heavy downed timber from the 2004 Nuttall Complex

Resources Assigned: 842 personnel; 21 crews, 7 helicopters, 33 engines, 4 dozers, 24 water tenders

Location:

  • Douglas Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest
  • Latitude: 31 46 13.4       Longitude: 109 19 22.1
  • Northeast of Silver Creek Church , Arizona

Start Date:  June 7, 2017, 11:56 a.m.                                 Size: Approximately 1,130 acres     

Percent Contained:  75

Cause:  Lightning

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