(Posted June 28, 2012 at 11;45 a.m.) The Cottonwood Fire is burning in the Sierra Vista Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest. The fire is approximately 945 acres and is zero percent contained.
Fire is burning in grass, brush, oak, juniper and pinyon pine. Recent precipitation fell around the fire, but not on it.
Crews worked successfully through the night to hold the fire at Guindani Canyon and limit spread to the southwest and west. However, strong winds blew it eastward onto the lowlands for an increase in acreage.
Crews will continue to build handline and conduct burnout operations, possibly using a number of old mining roads in the area. Structure protection is in place should it be needed. Homeowners in fire-prone areas and the wildlland-urban interface are encouraged to follow Firewise principles and maintain defensible space around their homes. For more information on this incident please visit InciWeb.
Firefighters have responded to a number of lightning-caused fires on the Coronado over the past few days. All fires have been contained except for the Horse Fire, near Hospital Flat on Mt. Graham, which is a single snag, .1 acre in monitor status; and the Trap Peak Fire near Deadman Canyon on Mt. Graham, resources are en route.
Start Date: June 25, 2012
Firefighters: seven crews
Water Tenders: three
Air Tankers: two single-engine air tankers (SEATs), also one air attack platform
Structures Destroyed: No structures have been destroyed.
(Source: Coronado National Forest)