Saturday, August 11, 2012

Road closed to Mistake Peak area due to fire east of Punkin Center

Mistake Fire on Tonto National Forest at 300 acres
11 miles east of Punkin Center, Ariz., Aug. 11, 2012, 1000 hrs.

Fire Facts
Incident Commander: Andrew Serrano

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

33,53.838 x 111,8.802
Resources committed:
Sacramento Hot Shots
Mormon Lake Hot Shots en route
2 Type 2 crews (San Carlos; Fort Apache Agency)
2 type 6 engines

Cause: Under investigation
1 air attack plane assigned to forest for monitoring fire activity
Size: 300 acres
Cooperators:  Arizona Game and Fish Dept.
Terrain: Rough, inaccessible

Fuels: Pinyon, Juniper, Oak brush, chaparral

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.    No rain predicted.  Smoke will be visible over the weekend due to the pinyon, juniper, oak brush, and chaparral vegetation.  On the northern boundary, Forest Road (FR) 609 is being prepped for a possible burn-out.  Plans are to hold the fire at Oak Creek on the western boundary and at FR 236-A on the east side.

Closure:  Forest Road 236-A is closed, which prohibits entry into the Mistake Peak area.  The fire is progressing north in the direction of Bear Head Mountain.  This road closure affects current bear hunting activities in the area, and will potentially affect archery deer hunting which begins Wednesday.  As the fire progresses, more road closures are anticipated.  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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