Monday, August 13, 2012

Mistake Fire 11 miles east of Punkin Center now at 2,700 acres

Mistake Peak Fire on Tonto National Forest at 2,700 acres
11 miles east of Punkin Center, Ariz., Aug. 13, 2012, noon

Fire Facts
Incident Commander: Andrew Serrano

Date reported: Aug. 8, 1800 hrs.
Number of personnel: 120

33,53.838 x 111,8.802
Resources committed:
Sacramento Hot Shots
Mormon Lake Hot Shots
Santa Fe Hot Shots
2 Type 2 crews (San Carlos; Fort Apache Agency)
2 engines
1 water tender
2 dozers
Resources en route:  More resources are arriving and will be ordered by the Type 2 incident management team
Cause: Under investigation
1 air attack plane assigned to forest for monitoring fire activity

Size: 2,700 acres and growing
Cooperators:  Arizona Game and Fish Dept.
Gila County Sheriff’s Office, DPS
Containment:  15 %
Est. cost:  $2,000,000
Terrain: Rough, inaccessible

Fuels: Pinyon, Juniper, Oak brush, chaparral

Ponderosa pine

Summary:   The Northern Arizona Type 2 team, incident commander Matt Reidy, is arriving today.  The above-normal temperatures continue to be of concern for firefighter safety, and are accelerating the reduction of fuel moisture despite the recent monsoon rains.    Extremely rough terrain also complicates firefighting challenges. 

The fire, moving north and east, has transitioned from grass/brush fuels to Ponderosa Pine timber which will burn for a longer duration.  

There has been little change on the western and southern boundaries of the fire over the last 24 hours.  On the northern boundary, Forest Road 609, there was a slop-over but firefighters were able to catch it and hold it overnight. Downslope winds increased the fire’s eastern flank, crossing FR236.   Forest Road 667 is now the eastern containment line; a second contingency line is being prepped by a dozer. 

Firefighters continue to clear vegetation beside key roads to serve as existing containment boundaries.  Smoke may be visible.  

Today, firefighters will continue to hold the fire at FR 609, and will work on securing line on the east and southeast perimeters of the fire.  One air attack plane continues to monitor fire activity.

Forest Roads 236 and 236-A. 
Forest Road 71 is closed at the FR 609 and FR 236 junction.
Forest Roads 486 and 416.  
Forest Road 609 is closed at junction with FR 236 and FR 486.

These road closures affect current bear hunting activities in the area, and will potentially affect archery deer hunting which begins Wednesday.  For more hunting information, please contact Arizona Game and Fish at 602-942-3000 or view their website at

                 For more information, please contact the Tonto Basin Ranger District at (928) 467-3200, or check online at

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