Pack Rat Fire Grows on Mogollon Rim

Release Date: Aug 25, 2002  

Contact(s): Coconino Supervisor's Office - 928-527-3600



Flagstaff, AZ – Last night, the Pack Rat Fire, burning on the Mogollon Rim, exhibited increased fire activity as the fire spread past containment lines. The fire is burning ponderosa pine and mixed conifer forest in steep terrain on the border of the Coconino and Tonto National Forests. Smoke from the fire was visible in Payson and Flagstaff.

Origin: Started by lightning on August 15, 2002
Location: 8 Miles East of Pine on the Mogollon Rim
Size: estimated 900 Acres, 20% contained
Estimated Time/Date of Containment: Unknown
Current Threats: Sensitive wildlife habitat, watershed values. Kehl Springs Campground (closed)
Control Problems: Steep, rocky and inaccessible terrain.
Resources Committed: 3 engines, 2 helicopters, 1 dozer, 1 air attack aircraft, 6 water tenders, 3 air tankers, 4 20-person crews

Approximately 160 personnel total were working the fire earlier today, with additional resources arriving. One of the two Southwest Area Incident Command Teams is ordered and will arrive tomorrow to take over command of this fire. As the size of the fire grows, so does the need for firefighters and support personnel.

Remarks: During unusually low humidity last night, fire activity increased in Chase Canyon, below the rim, then burned back onto the rim and across Rim Road 300. Due to the spread of the fire, earlier today forest patrols contacted campers throughout an expanded area north of the Mogollon Rim to advise them to leave the area. The vicinity of the Pack Rat Fire along the Rim is closed to public entry. For additional information about the fire, call the Mogollon Rim Ranger Station 928-477-2255.

Reminder: Fire danger levels on the Coconino and Tonto National Forests are high to very high. Please use caution with fire in the forest.