The American Red Cross has opened new shelters to serve the Strawberry/Pine communities at the Pine Community Center, 3886 North Highway 87, in Pine, Arizona.
Red Cross has also opened one shelter in Kingman at the Kingman Community Center, 3345 Harrison Street in Kingman, Arizona.
There are currently no open shelters in Payson.
We continue to assess the community's needs, as we also work closely with our emergency management partners.
Estimated Acres: 750 Cause: Under Investigation
Origin of Location: In the 1990 Dude Fire Scar Fuels: Grass, Brush, Heavy, Dead and Down, Ponderosa Pine and mixed conifer
Tonight at 6:00 p.m., Bea Day’s Type 1 Southwest Area Incident Management Team (IMT) assumed command of the Highline Fire. The Incident Command Post will be located at the Houston Mesa Campground.
With west/southwest winds and excellent ventilation predicted over the next several days, fire personnel plan on conducting burnout operations tomorrow along the powerline to ensure the powerline is protected from severe wildfires and to help completely contain the wildfire within the next several days.
Burn operations will continue today on the Pivot Fire to protect pasture fencing and timber. A smoke plume may be visible throughout the district and beyond the Mogollon Rim.
Yesterday, black line and burn operations were successful. Crews established a buffer to prevent the fire from entering West Clear Creek Wilderness.
Fire managers with the Coconino National Forest are utilizing three lightning-caused fires to benefit the landscape and maintain a healthy ecosystem by allowing natural fire to fulfill its natural role in the environment.
Tonto National Forest fire specialists plan to begin burning 366 acres southeast of Pine, starting on Monday, October 5, 2015. Residents and visitors to the area can expect to see and smell moderate amounts of smoke on Highway 87 around Pine, AZ. To minimize the impact of smoke, fire managers will terminate ignitions each day by 3 pm, however, smoke may linger in the area through Friday, October 9, 2015. Smoke will be visible during the day, and residual smoke in the evening hours may drift down Pine Creek at night affecting the community of Pine, AZ.
The Horse Tank Fire was started by lightning on June 6, approximately six miles north of Strawberry, Ariz.
Fire Managers continue to utilize the lightning-caused Horse Tank Fire to restore the forest and reduce risk of severe fire. Over the next several days, expect smoke to increase as the fires continue to treat more of the landscape. The Horse Tank Fire is burning at a low severity across the forest floor reducing fuel accumulations and promoting forest health.