Mistake Peak Fire on Tonto National Forest at 2,700 acres, August 13, 2012, noon

Release Date: Aug 13, 2012  

11 miles east of Punkin Center, Ariz

Fire Facts

Incident Commander: Andrew Serrano  
Date reported: Aug. 8, 1800 hrs. Number of personnel: 120

33.53.838 x 111.8.802

Resources committed:
Sacramento Hot Shots
Mormon Lake Hot Shots
Santa Fe Hot Shots
2 Type 2 crews (San Carlos; Fort Apache Agency)
2 engines
1 water tender
2 dozers
Resources en route:  More resources are arriving and will be ordered by the Type 2 incident management team
Cause: Under investigation Aircraft:
1 air attack plane assigned to forest for monitoring fire activity
Size: 2,700 acres and growing Cooperators:  Arizona Game and Fish Dept.
Gila County Sheriff’s Office, DPS
Containment:  15%  
Terrain: Rough, inaccessible  
Fuels: Pinyon, Juniper, Oak brush, chaparral  


The Northern Arizona Type 2 team, incident commander Matt Reidy, is arriving today.  The above-normal temperatures continue to be of concern for firefighter safety, and are accelerating the reduction of fuel moisture despite the recent monsoon rains.    Extremely rough terrain also complicates firefighting challenges. 

The fire, moving north and east, has transitioned from grass/brush fuels to Ponderosa Pine timber which will burn for a longer duration.  

There has been little change on the western and southern boundaries of the fire over the last 24 hours.  On the northern boundary, Forest Road 609, there was a slop-over but firefighters were able to catch it and hold it overnight. Downslope winds increased the fire’s eastern flank, crossing FR236.   Forest Road 667 is now the eastern containment line; a second contingency line is being prepped by a dozer. 

Firefighters continue to clear vegetation beside key roads to serve as existing containment boundaries.  Smoke may be visible.   

Today, firefighters will continue to hold the fire at FR 609, and will work on securing line on the east and southeast perimeters of the fire.  One air attack plane continues to monitor fire activity.

Forest Roads 236 and 236-A. 
Forest Road 71 isclosed at the FR 609 and FR 236 junction.
Forest Roads 486 and 416.   
Forest Road 609is closed at junction with FR 236 and FR 486.

These road closures affect current bear hunting activities in the area, and will potentially affect archery deer hunting which begins Wednesday.  For more hunting information, please contact Arizona Game and Fish at 602-942-3000or view their website at http://azgfd.gov/

For more information, please contact the Tonto Basin Ranger District at (928) 467-3200, or check online at www.fs.usda.gov/tonto

For general information on fire activity and restrictions in Arizona call toll free 877-864-6985, or visit the Southwest Coordination Center website:  http://gacc.nifc.gov/swcc/ or http://www.publiclands.or g/firenews/AZ.php

Useful Websites:

National Incident Information System: www.inciweb.org

Southwest Coordination Center:  http://gacc.nifc.gov/swcc/

National Interagency Fire Center: www.nifc.gov

National Fire Plan: www.forestsandrangelands.gov

FireWise:  www.firewise.org

ARIZONA Websites: 

www.azfireinfo.com (fire prevention and restrictions)  

www.publiclands.org/firen ews/AZ.php  (fire restrictions and other public lands information)

www.azsf.az.gov (wildfire information and Firewise)

www.azein.gov  (Arizona Emergency Information Network for ALL hazard emergency and disaster information)

Fire Restriction Information: Toll free 1 (877) 864-6985

To report a wildfire, call 1-866-746-6516 or dial 911.