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Fire Crews Battling the Cottonwood and Grapevine Fires in the Coronado National Forest 


(Posted on June 29, 2012 at 9:30 p.m.)  The Cottonwood Fire is approximately 1,682 acres and is estimated at 40 percent contained.


The Cottonwood Fire is burning in grass, brush, oak, juniper and pinyon pine.  The fire experienced movements to the north with flame lengths of four to five feet in grass and six to eight feet in juniper/oak brush.  It now has a low growth potential.  Crews will continue to patrol, strengthen lines and mop up on various portions of the fire.  Structure protection is available. For more information on this incident please visit .


Fire Facts


·         Sierra Vista Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest

·         Whetstone Mountains, Cottonwood Saddle near Cottonwood Peak

Start Date:  June 25, 2012

Cause:  lightning caused

Resources Assigned:

·         Firefighters:  seven crews

·         Engines:  three

·         Water Tenders:  three

·         Fixed-wing aircraft:  will be listed in morning update

·         Helicopters:  three

·         Miscellaneous Overhead:  13 for a total of 206

Evacuations:  none

Structures Destroyed:  No structures have been destroyed.


Grapevine Fire


The Grapevine Fire is approximately 4,800 acres and estimated at 10 percent contained. 


Fire is burning at low elevation in grass and brush.  Fire behavior was low this morning, but increased with increased temperatures and winds and was active the remainder of the day.  Crews burned out and held Highway 266 from the west side Forest boundary to Stockton Pass.  Crews will continue to burn out and secure line tonight.  Local fire departments that responded with engines and other equipment include Arivaca, Avra Valley, Duncan, Picture Rocks, Pima, Rincon Valley and Tubac.  For further information on this incident please visit .


Fire Facts


·         Safford Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest

·         South of Highway 266 (that runs from Safford to Ft. Grant, AZ)

Start Date:  June 28, 2012

Cause:  lightning caused

Resources Assigned: 

·         Firefighters:  five hotshot crews

·         Engines:  seven

·         Water Tenders:  three

·         Fixed-wing Aircraft:  will be reported in morning update

·         Helicopters:  one helitanker

·         Miscellaneous Overhead:  9 for a total of 138


Homeowners in fire-prone areas and the wildland-urban interface are encouraged to follow Firewise principles ( ) and maintain defensible space around their homes. 


Note:  Firefighters have responded to a number of lightning-caused fires on the Coronado over the past few days.  All fires have been contained except the Horse Fire, near Hospital Flat on Mt. Graham, which is a single snag, .1 acre in monitor status; the Trap Peak Fire near Deadman Canyon on Mt. Graham, two acres, resources on scene; the Pinnacle Fire on Mt. Graham, ten acres, resources on scene and en route.  We will continue to respond and take action as needed as new lightning-caused ignitions are detected.


(Source:  Coronado National Forest)




Coronado National Forest, Grapevine Fire, Cottonwood Fire
Created at 6/29/2012 9:30 PM  by 9 
Last modified at 6/29/2012 9:30 PM  by 9