(Posted on July 13, 2012 at 10:13 p.m.) Despite Friday’s monsoon rains in southern Arizona, zero precipitation fell on the Cook’s Complex fires within the Tonto National Forest. Containment of two of the four fires increased while two other fires grew in acreage.
The fire closest to New River was the most active Friday, nearly doubling in size, estimated now at 863 acres. Hotshot crews are being flown in via helicopters to strengthen firelines. The fire near Black Canyon City increased to 4,987 acres. “We are progressing with our strategy to secure firelines closest to these communities. Our firefighters stopped forward spread Friday on private and State lands near Black Canyon City,” explains Incident Commander Trainee Andy Mandell, from Arizona’s Central West Zone Type 3 Interagency Incident Management Team.
The team’s fire suppression strategy for Saturday includes an increase in air attack operations. Three helicopters, supported by three water tenders, will make multiple drops over the two active fires to support ground crews. Additional crews will patrol and treat hot spots on the smaller fires. About 140 fire personnel are now stationed in Black Canyon City and near New River.
The fire information center remains open Saturday at the Black Canyon City Fire Department from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. The public may call 623-374-0803 or go to: www.inciweb.org
Fire Start 1: (Cook’s - 12 miles east of Black Canyon City, Az.)
· 40% Contained
· Date reported: Jul. 11, 2012, 1:18 p.m.
· Size 180 acres
· Resources: 1 Engine
· Summary: Suppression progressed well; firefighters are holding lines and will remain to mop-up and patrol Saturday.
Fire Start 2: (Closest to New River)
· 10% Contained
· Date reported: July 11, 2012, 3:09 p.m.
· Size: 863 acres
· Resources committed:
· 1 Hotshot crew / 1 Engine
· Summary: The most active on Friday, estimated at 863 acres burning in rough terrain and a remote section of the Tonto National Forest.
Fire Start 3: (Closet to Black Canyon City)
· 25% Contained
· Reported: July 11, 2012, 3:10 p.m.
· Size: 4,981 acres
· Resources committed:
· 2 crews / 1 Engine
· Summary: Burning increased on the northern edge of the fire; spread to private and State Land stopped.
Fire Start 4: (Boldt –12 miles northeast of Cave Creek)
- 50% Contained
- Reported: July 12, 2012 at 12:25pm
- Size: 67 acres
- Resources committed:
- 1 Crew / 1 Engine
- Summary: The fire is burning 12 miles northeast of Cave Creek/Carefree on the southwest side of Humboldt Mountain. Crews are working to establish fireline and protect the lookout tower, and communication site on top of the mountain.
For more information, check online at www.inciweb.org or www.fs.usda.gov/tonto
(Source: Tonto National Forest)