Wildfires

The State of California is asking for more help from Arizona to assist with the multiple fires burning across the southern part of the state.
 
Today, the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management received an order for an additional 22 engines, for a total of 42 engines and nearly 150 firefighters.
 
Many of the Arizona crews that have already arrived in California were assigned to the Lilac Fire in San Diego County. Those crews are working as strike teams by providing initial attack and being used for structure protection.

The fall season brings many recreationist, hunters, and fall-color enthusiasts to our national forests. The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests reminds visitors to always be careful with fire, especially since we have experienced an unusually dry and warm fall. This week alone there have been numerous abandoned campfires and some have spread to become multiple-acre wildfires.

The Benchmark Fire was reported on Saturday afternoon, October 14, 2017, and is burning on Benchmark Mountain west of Forest Road 37.  Smoke may be visible from I-17 and Black Canyon City.  The fire is burning in a remote area of the forest with limited access, so it is being monitored from the air.  The fire size has not changed in the last 24 hours, and growth to the south has stopped because the fire burned into the Bull Fire scar from earlier this summer.

Location:

Earlier this month, North Zone Fire managers announced big picture plans for the 2017-2018 prescribed fire season across the North Kaibab Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest and the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

As conditions fell within prescriptive parameters over the past ten days, that focus has narrowed, and firefighters are ready to begin hazardous fuels reduction treatments within the Tipover East prescribed fire (Tipover Rx) unit as early as Tuesday.

Location:

  • Black Mesa Ranger District of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests
  • Coconino County, Arizona
  • Northwest of Forest Lakes in Leonard Canyon

Start Date:  October 6, 2017                                                            

Size:  Approximately 1,500 acres

Percent contained:  0%                                                       

Cause:  Lightning

Personnel Assigned: 100

The Southern Arizona Chapter of the American Red Cross is opening a reception center at the Benson High School, 360 S. Patagonia St, Benson, AZ 85602 this evening at approximately 2100 hrs (9:00 pm) in response to the evacuations caused by several of the wildfires burning in the area.  The reception center will be able to provide information, snacks and water initially.

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Like a lot of Arizona these days, the hillsides along State Route 87 south of Payson look mighty green after a wet winter. But that didn’t stop a brush fire from breaking out last week after a vehicle dragging chains threw sparks off the roadway, backing up traffic as first responders addressed the blaze.

When warmer temperatures turn all that ground cover brown, there will be even more reason for precautions to prevent brush fires along highways.

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