(Posted June 15, 2012 at 3:45 p.m.) The 257 Fire is burning 3 miles south of Superior on the Tonto National Forest. It is 2,860 acres and is 85 percent contained.
Little fire activity was observed Friday on the 257 Fire. Firefighters continued patrolling, mopping up and removing equipment and supplies from the line around the 257 Fire. Crews also began rehabilitation of any lands disturbed during fire suppression efforts. Demobilization was a major focus as many resources were sent to help firefighting efforts on the Poco Fire in the Pleasant Valley Ranger District on the Tonto National Forest.
Effective at 6 a.m. on Saturday, June 16, 2012, the Arizona Central West Zone Incident Management Team will return management of the 257 Fire to the Globe Ranger District of the Tonto National Forest. Firefighters will remain in the area monitoring the fire and continuing the rehabilitation activities. Smoke may be seen in the interior of the 257 Fire until the onset of the monsoon. This is not cause for concern.
This will be the final news release for the 257 Fire by the Arizona Central West Zone Incident Management Team.
Start date: June 10, 2012
Cause: Under Investigation
Fuels: Brush, Manzanita, Oak
Terrain: Steep, rugged
Resources: 3 crews, 4 engines, 3 water tenders
Total personnel: 306
Available air support: 2 helicopters, 3 air tankers
(Source: Central West Zone Incident Management Team)