The Department of Forestry and Fire Management, along with Daisy Mountain Fire Department have taken unified command of the Joes Hill Fire. More than 200 fire personnel from local cooperating agencies, along with DFFM are assisting in suppression of the fire. 

Fire managers in the Color Country Interagency Fire Management Area (southwestern Utah and northwestern Arizona) are working closely together to prepare for what could be a busy and challenging fire season. “After all the precipitation we received this past winter and spring, the grass crop is very thick and poses a major fire hazard now that it has dried out” says Taiga Rohrer, Zion National Park Fire Management Officer. “We know it could be a long, trying fire season, so it’s important that we get the support of the public to help us reduce human-caused fires. “

The Pinal Fire was reported at 3:15 pm on Monday, May 8, 2017, after a storm passed through the area. 

Basic Information

Current as of ‎5‎/‎10‎/‎2017‎ ‎11‎:‎03‎:‎44‎ ‎AM
Incident Type Wildfire

The Coronado National Forest, Nogales Ranger District, will temporarily close National Forest Service Road (NFSR) 62 at the entrance to Box Canyon, easterly to the junction with NFSR 229, continuing southwesterly to NFSR 165 and on to the Melendrez Pass Communication Site in the Santa Rita Mountains.

On the Arizona National Scenic Trail, the closure includes the segment from NFSR 4110 northward to NFSR 4072. Also included are Cave Creek, Sawmill, and Florida Canyon trails.

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.

Coronado National Forest officials are expecting large numbers of visitors to the Forest’s most popular campgrounds and picnic areas over Easter weekend, April 15 and 16, 2017.  Fire danger is rising and visitors are urged to use extreme caution building, maintaining and extinguishing fires.  The following are tips for safe and enjoyable weekend outings. 

The Sam Jim Fire, discovered on September 5, is burning in ponderosa pine with a grass understory and in mixed conifer. It is located in a side drainage of Chevelon Canyon. Smoke may be visible in the Forest Lakes area, and off Forest Roads 504 & 170.

Sam Jim Fire Summary

  • Discovery date: September 5, 2016
  • Location: On the Black Mesa Ranger District; approximately 4 miles south of Chevelon Lake
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Size: Approximately 50 acres
  • Resources: 1 Type 6 Engine and miscellaneous overhead

Fire managers with the Coconino National Forest are utilizing a lightning-caused fire in the Crackerbox Canyon and Battleground Ridge area southeast of Clints Well to benefit the landscape and maintain a healthy ecosystem by allowing fire to fulfill its natural role in the environment. The forest thrives on fires such as these that are low severity and creep across the forest floor. They reduce fuels and the risk of severe wildfire, create safer conditions for residents, the public and firefighters, and also restore wildlife habitat by stimulating understory vegetation growth.


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