Monday, May 28, 2012

Sunflower Fire Update, May 27 1 p.m.

Sunflower Fire News Release
May 27, 2012 1:00 p.m.
Fire Information: (575) 302-2107

Acres:  17,618                                     Start date:  May 12, 2012
Cause:  Under Investigation               Location:  21 miles south of Payson
Containment: 43 percent                     Fuels:  Grass, chaparral, pinyon pine
Terrain:  Steep, rugged                        Resources:  2 crews, 1 engine,
Total personnel: 53                              Available air support: 1 helicopter

Summary: Minimal fire behavior is being observed on the Sunflower Fire.  The most active area of the fire is located near established perimeters within steep, rugged, remote areas of the Mazatzal Wilderness.  As the fire bumped into the previously burned area of the 2004 Willow Fire, vegetation was not sufficient to promote fire spread.  Smoke and flames continue to dot the landscape near the established northern perimeter around Mt. Peeley as sparse pockets of fallen snags ignite from time to time. 

Fire personnel are monitoring hot spots in the wilderness and working outside of the wilderness to remove slash created while establishing control lines during the onset of the Sunflower Fire. The woody debris is being processed through a chipper and spread onto the ground. 

Firefighters assigned to the Sunflower Fire are also ready to respond to any new starts that may occur. Vegetation is tinder dry and fire conditions are extreme.  Please have a safe holiday weekend and obey fire restrictions in effect within the Tonto National Forest.  Forest information may be viewed online at

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