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Coronado National Forest Update on Cottonwood, Grapevine, Pinnacle and Trap Peak Fires 

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(Posted on July 1, 2012 at 9:30 p.m.)  Coronado National Forest officials are continuing to respond to lightning caused fires. 

Cottonwood Fire Facts (final update)

Location:

·         Sierra Vista Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest

·         Whetstone Mountains, Cottonwood Saddle near Cottonwood Peak

Start Date:  June 25, 2012

Size:  approximately 1,682 acres

Cause:  lightning caused

Percent Contained:  100%

 

Grapevine Fire Facts

Location:

·         Safford Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest

·         South of Highway/State Route 266 (that runs from Safford to Bonita, AZ)

Start Date: June 28, 2012

Size: approximately 14,000 acres

Cause:  lightning caused

Percent Contained:  20%

Resources Assigned: 

·         Firefighters:  six 20 person hand crews

·         Engines:  nine

·         Water Tenders:  three

·         Bull Dozers: one

·         Fixed-wing Aircraft:  one air attack platform (shared with the Pinnacle  and Trap Peak fires)

·         Helicopters:  three (one light, one medium and one heavy for area water drops to be shared as needed with the Pinnacle Fire and Trap Peak fires.)

·         Total Assigned:  163

Evacuations:  none

Closures:  Coronado National Forest lands south of State Route 266, known as Greasewood and Kane Spring Mountains.

Structures Destroyed:  No structures have been destroyed.

Summary:  The fire continues to burn at low elevation in grass and brush.  Crews continue to hold the fire south of State Route 266 from the west side Forest boundary east to Gillespie Wash.  Burnout and bull dozer operations are being conducted along the southwest and west perimeters. Patrol efforts today along State Route 266, the northern fire boundary, have been successful in keeping the fire south of the highway.

 

While the fire has grown considerably today, it still remains within the larger planned containment area. Tonight’s burnout efforts along the southern boundary should result in increased containment. 

 

Local fire departments continue to be invaluable in the effort to contain this fire.  These agencies include: Pima FD, Arivaca, Duncan FD, Picture Rock, Rincon Valley and Tubac.  For further information on this incident please visit www.inciweb.org . 

 

Pinnacle Fire Facts

Location:

·         Safford Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest

·         Northeast of Riggs Lake

Start Date: June 28, 2012

Size: 60 acres

Cause:  lightning caused

Percent Contained:  0%

Resources Assigned:

·         Firefighters:  five hand crews

·         Engines: four engines

·         Water Tenders:  none

·         Fixed-wing aircraft:  one air attack platform (shared also with the Grapevine and Trap Peak fires)

·         Helicopters:  three (one light, one medium and one heavy for water drops to be shared as needed with the Grapevine  and Trap Peak fires.)

·         Total Assigned:  140

Evacuations:  none

Closures: The following trails and forest road are closed to public use:

·         Round the Mountain (trail number 302)

·         Frye Canyon (trail number 36)

·         Ash Creek (trail number 307)

·         Deadman (trail number 70)

·         Entering or using Forest Road 103 at the  Forest Boundary to Frye Mesa Reservoir

·         Entering and using the portion of Forest Road 307 and Ash Creek drainage north of Bible Camp

·         Entering the areas of Ash, Frye, Deadman and Marijilda Canyons

Structures Destroyed:  No structures have been destroyed.

 

Summary:  The Pinnacle Fire, located approximately 11 miles southwest of Safford, started on June 28 is 60 acres in size burning on the ridgeline between Frye Canyon and Ash Creek. Upon ignition of the fire, crews responded immediately using full suppression tactics. The fire was turned over to a Type 3 Team at 8:00 p.m. on June 30.  Currently, there are 140 firefighters assigned to the incident.  Additionally, today one light, one medium and one heavy helicopter buckets to drop water to aid in fire suppression. The fire is burning in an area of rocks and logs left from the 2004 Gibson Fire.   Crews continue to utilize an indirect approach in their efforts to keep the fire east of Ash Canyon. The fire is moving slowly and putting up large amounts of smoke due to the heavy concentration of downed logs.  For further information on this incident please visit www.inciweb.org

 

Trap Peak Fire Facts

Location:

·         Safford Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest

·         Deadman Canyon east of Riggs Lake

Start Date: June 27, 2012

Size: 15 acres

Percent Contained:  0%

Resources Assigned:

·         Firefighters:  five hand crews

·         Engines: four engines

·         Water Tenders:  none

·         Fixed-wing aircraft:  one air attack platform (shared also with the Grapevine and Pinnacle fires)

·         Helicopters:  three (one light, one medium and one heavy for water drops to be shared as needed with the Grapevine and Pinnacle fires.)

·         Total Assigned:  140

Evacuations:  none

Closures: The following trails and forest road are closed to public use:

·         Round the Mountain (trail number 302)

·         Frye Canyon (trail number 36)

·         Ash Creek (trail number 307)

·         Deadman (trail number 70)

·         Entering or using Forest Road 103 at the  Forest Boundary to Frye Mesa Reservoir

·         Entering and using the portion of Forest Road 307 and Ash Creek drainage north of Bible Camp

·         Entering the areas of Ash, Frye, Deadman and Marijilda Canyons

Structures Destroyed:  No structures have been destroyed.

Summary:  The Trap Peak Fire started on June 27 at around 2:30 p.m. and is located in Deadman Canyon approximately 10 miles southwest of Safford.   It is burning in an extremely rough area.   The fire remained dormant at less than one acre since shortly after ignition, but today, at about 12:00 p.m. began to actively produce smoke and increase in size.  The situation is being assessed to develop effective strategies for suppression. This fire is burning in extremely steep and hazardous terrain for firefighters. As a result, an indirect approach will be utilized for suppression. 

 

 Other Information:  Smoke is expected to blow east from the fires.  Those that are sensitive to smoke should limit their outside exposure or consider temporarily leaving the area.  For more information consult the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (www.azdeq.gov).

 

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

 

Note:  The Forest will continue to respond and take action as needed as new lightning-caused ignitions are detected.

 

(Source:  Coronado National Forest)

 

Keywords

Coronado National Forest, Cottonwood Fire, Grapevine Fire, Pinnacle Fire, Trap Peak Fires
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