Tonto National Forest

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The Brooklyn Fire is burning in the Tonto National Forest and the Agua Fria National Monument in Yavapai County, Arizona. The change to Complex includes the incorporation of 2 lightning caused fire in the general area of the Brooklyn Fire on the Tonto National Forest. They are the Bull Fire (S/SE of the Brooklyn Fire) and Cedar Fire (E/SE of the Brooklyn Fire). These 2 fires are not a threat to structures at this time and are in remote areas with difficult access.

Agency Jurisdiction: Tonto National Forest, Bureau of Land Management

The Brooklyn fire is burning 8 miles northeast of Black Canyon City and is approximately 22,000 acres.  The fire was highly impacted today by strong gusty and erratic winds from passing thunderstorms. Those winds caused the fire to push south and east and caused aircraft working the fire to be temporarily grounded due to the weather.

Incident managers are working with county law enforcement to continually evaluate the fire situation in areas where homes and property have the potential to be directly affected. There are NO evacuations in place at this time.

Acres: estimated 750 acres                                                             Start Date: June 10, 2017

Cause: unknown, under investigation                                              Origin Location: 8 mi N of Payson in the 1990 Dude Fire Scar

Containment: 0%                                                                             Fuels: Grass, Brush, Heavy, Dead and Down, Ponderosa Pine, and mixed conifer

Four separate incidents involving hobbyists flying drones are hindering operations on the Pinal Fire since it was detected May 8, 2017. The fire, which is located in the Tonto National Forest Globe Ranger District near Globe, Arizona, has burned approximately 4,375 acres.

The latest drone sighting occurred May 24, 2017. An air tanker flying over the fire was forced to release its retardant at a higher altitude for safety reasons. The higher drop reduced the retardant’s effectiveness on the fire. Subsequently, aviation operations were suspended until the drone issue was resolved.

The Pinal Fire is burning 6 miles south of Globe.   The fire is approximately 2, 841 acres. The natural fire frequency of the landscape where this fire is burning is every 2 to 17 years. Wildfire has been excluded from this ecosystem and last burned in the area in 1952. This has resulted in a  heavy build-up of dead needles and leaves, branches, and logs. The area needs the reintroduction of low-severity fire to improve forest health and wildlife habitat, and reduce the risk of high intensity wildfire.

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