Monday, May 21, 2012

Sunflower Fire at 16,105 acres, 33 percent contained

Sunflower Fire News Release
May 21, 2012 6:00 a.m.
Fire Information: (877) 208-2202 or (877) 208-4331

Acres:  16,105                                                    Start date:  May 12, 2012
Cause:  Under Investigation                        Location:  21 miles south of Payson
Containment: 33 percent                             Fuels:  Grass, chaparral, pinion pine
Terrain:  Steep, rugged                                  Resources:  5 crews, 12 engines, 1 dozer, 6 water tenders
Total personnel: 365                                       Available air support:  6 helicopters, 6 air tankers

Summary: Burned acreage was reduced by 588 acres yesterday due to more accurate information received from the field.  Low fire behavior was reported in all divisions of the Sunflower Fire as crews continued to reinforce control lines and remove unneeded equipment and supplies.  Dead trees burning sporadically in the remote, rugged terrain of the Mazatzal Wilderness may lead to long term fire operations and possible long duration of smoke impacts in surrounding communities.

Passing motorists on State Route 87 may notice distant smoke as fire burning within control lines slowly backs into steep drainages.  Travelers on that road are cautioned to stay alert, obey speed limit signs and be aware of emergency vehicles moving onto and along the roadway.

As the holiday weekend approaches, residents and visitors are reminded that fire danger is extremely high.  Fire restrictions remain in effect on the Tonto National Forest.

For statewide road conditions and closures please go to or dial 5-1-1 from any landline or mobile phone from anywhere in Arizona.  (From outside Arizona, dial 1-888-411-ROAD (7623) or 602-523-0244).

For further information on the fire restrictions in the Tonto National Forest go to

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