Sunday, October 14, 2012

Wildfire in Big Canyon area east of Payson at 100 acres

Tonto National Forest
Tonto National Forest, 2324 East McDowell Road, Phoenix, Arizona 85006                                                                                  
For Immediate Release                                                         Contact: Fire Information Officer
October 14, 2012, 1600 hrs.                                                                  

Big Canyon Fire on Tonto National Forest
2 miles west of Tonto Fish Hatchery, 14 miles east of Payson, Ariz., Oct. 14, 2012, 1600 hrs.
Fire Facts
Incident Commander:

Date reported: Oct. 14, 1030 hrs.
Number of personnel:

34,22.686 x 111,8.238
(Big Canyon area)

Resources committed:
Personnel from engine crews

Resources ordered:
-         Type 3 incident management team, report 0700 hrs. tomorrow
-         3 Hot Shot crews
-         1 Type 1 helicopter
-         1 Type 3 helicopter

Cause: Under investigation
Aircraft (current)
1 Air attack plane

Size: 80-100 acres

Terrain: Rough and inaccessible


                 The Big Canyon fire was reported today, Sunday, October 14, at approximately 10:30 am.  It is burning 2 miles west of the Tonto Fish Hatchery in the Big Canyon area near the Highline Trail, approximately 14 miles east of Payson, Arizona, in a rough and remote section of the Tonto National Forest.

                 Personnel and air attack are on scene.  More resources are being ordered.

                 For more information, please contact the Tonto National Forest at (602) 225-5200, or check online at     

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