Sunday, August 12, 2012

Mistake Fire at 400 acres, 20 percent contained

Mistake Fire on Tonto National Forest at 400 acres, 20 percent contained
11 miles east of Punkin Center, Ariz., Aug. 12, 2012, 1130 hrs.

Fire Facts
Incident Commander: Andrew Serrano

Date reported: Aug. 8, 1800 hrs.
Number of personnel: 92

33,53.838 x 111,8.802
Resources committed:
Sacramento Hot Shots
Mormon Lake Hot Shots
2 Type 2 crews (San Carlos; Fort Apache Agency)
2 engines
1 water tender
2 dozers
Cause: Under investigation
1 air attack plane assigned to forest for monitoring fire activity
2 Blackhawk helicopters (Arizona National Guard) 
Size: 400 acres
Cooperators:  Arizona Game and Fish Dept.
Gila County Sheriff’s Office, DPS, National Guard
Containment:  20 %

Terrain: Rough, inaccessible
National Guard PIO:
Fuels: Pinyon, Juniper, Oak brush, chaparral
Sgt. Lauren Devita:  480-735-4881

Summary:   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.  National Guard Blackhawk helicopters are critical in fire suppression efforts in cliffy, rocky areas that are inaccessible to firefighters.  They will be dipping out of a cove in Roosevelt Lake; this activity should be visible from Hwy. 188.  Dozers are being used to tie in with natural boundaries and improve existing lines.  Good
progress on suppression efforts was made yesterday leading to some containment.  Today firefighters are clearing vegetation beside key roads, which can serve as existing containment
boundaries.  Contingency measures are being taken to use Forest Road 609 as a northern boundary if necessary.  Smoke may be visible over the weekend.

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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