Camp Verde, Ariz. - The Arizona Central West Zone Incident Management Team, John Philbin Incident Commander, has assumed responsibility for the entire Cave Creek Complex incident. Today Fire Information Officers will be present in Pine, Strawberry, and Payson to update residents on the status of work being done.
Fire crews and support personnel continue to be released today as the incident begins to wind down. More are returning to their home units or responding to their next assignment. The coming days will see a decline in fire crews; however, personnel will remain on the complex for rehabilitation work over the next several weeks.
Firefighters of the Cave Creek Complex have also been working to save the environment. Recycling of plastics, cans, and paper has been a work in progress on this incident. Southwest Recycling is providing recycling bins and retrieval services to encourage more recycling. On the Aspen Fire in 2003 it was reported that an estimated 1000 cubic yards of dumpster space was saved. Additionally, this effort also helps to save in costs of garbage disposal.
Residents are reminded that several closures are in place for areas near, and around, burned areas. Please check with your local Ranger District for specific closures.
You can also visit the web at: http://gacc.nifc.gov/swcc/ under “area closures.”