(Posted on May 18, 2012 at 9:50 p.m.) The Bull Flat Fire is estimated at 2,145 acres and approximately 80 percent contained.
The Bull Flat Fire was wind tested today and firelines held successfully through the Red Flag Warning period, which pounded the fire area with strong winds gusting to 35 mph throughout the day. Islands of unburned fuel within the fireline perimeter will continue to burn out, however smoke from the fire is not expected to impact populated areas. Firefighters will continue to patrol and monitor the fire, mopping up hot spots as needed. Rehabilitation of dozer lines is in progress in preparation for turning back to the local authorities. Demobilization of personnel and equipment assigned to the fire will begin tomorrow.
· Residents and visitors in the Heber-Overgaard area may continue to notice some drift smoke from the Bull Flat fire and other fires in Central Arizona.
· The Tonto National Forest Temporary Area Closure for the Bull Flat Fire will remain in effect as posted, until further notice.
· The Tonto National Forest and the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest have implemented Stage 1 Fire Restrictions. For more information regarding forest recreation sites and fire restrictions, please contact the Tonto National Forest at (602) 225-5200, or check online at www.fs.usda.gov/tonto, or www.fs.usda.gov/asnf/.
Updates are available to Navajo and Apache County residents by calling the 593 Public Information Line at 928-333-3412.
Date started: May 10, 2012
Number of personnel: 374
Location: Fort Apache Agency and Tonto NF
Equipment: 10 engines, 3 dozers, 4 water tenders
Aircraft: 1 light and 1 heavy helicopter
Hand Crews: 4 type-1, 3 type-2
Estimated containment date: May 20, 2012
Injuries to date: 0
Estimated cost to date: $2,387,013
Property threatened: None
Jurisdiction: Fort Apache Agency, and the Pleasant Valley Ranger District, Tonto National Forest
(Source: Eastern Arizona Incident Management Team)