Saturday, June 23, 2012

Poco Fire remains at nearly 12,000 acres, containment 35 percent

Release of resources begins on Poco Fire

YOUNG, Ariz. – There was no growth on the Poco Fire last night; the fire remains at 11,950 acres with containment unchanged at 35 percent.  Resources will be made available each day for reassignment to other fires as containment lines continue to hold and workload decreases on the fire.
Crews will continue to patrol, mop-up and rehabilitate fire lines that were impacted by suppression activities.  These actions will reduce erosion and restore roadways and facilities.

“As we continue to meet our objectives, firefighters will need to remain focused on the mission,” said Incident Commander Matt Reidy.  Hazards to crews still exist in spite of the decrease in fire activity including thunderstorm activity, falling trees, stump holes, steep terrain, and rolling rocks.

There are 768 firefighters assigned to the incident including 11 hotshot crews, eight twenty-person crews, 28 engines, seven dozers, 20 water tenders, and three helicopters.

FR 512 remains closed between FR 291 and FR 200, the Chamberlin Trail. In addition, a portion of the ranger district is closed east of FR 200, south of FR 291 and north of FR 512.

Poco Fire information is posted at  For more information regarding forest recreation sites and fire restrictions, please contact the Tonto National Forest at 602 225-5200, or check online at
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The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality is coordinating with the Incident Management Team to monitor smoke impacts in outlying areas. Visibility is an excellent measure of air quality. If visibility is ten miles or more, the air quality is good. Visibility of six to nine miles indicates moderate air quality. Three to five miles of visibility indicates conditions unhealthy for people who have respiratory ailments. One and a half to two and a half miles, the air quality is unhealthy. One to one and a quarter miles indicates the air quality is very unhealthy. If visibility due to smoke is less than a mile, the air quality is hazardous. Smoke-sensitive persons in affected areas may need to take action such as remaining indoors, using air conditioning, or temporarily moving to an unaffected area.

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