Labor Fire Update - Sept. 14, 2023

Release Date: Sep 14, 2023

Activity slows on Labor Fire

Acres: 4,038 | Containment: 50% | Total personnel: 12
Start Date: September 8, 2023 | Cause: Lightning | Location: 13 mi NW of Forest Lakes AZ Fuels: Open ponderosa pine with a grass understory


Highlights: Fire behavior has moderated due to several days of precipitation over the fire area. Ignition operations have been completed on the pre-determined containment lines.

Operations: Crews have completed reinforcing the established containment lines utilizing roads around the fire perimeter. Future operations will consist of having resources patrol, monitor, and mop up any burning vegetation near containment lines as needed. Vegetation within the interior may continue to smolder over the coming days. Resources will monitor these areas and take measures if firelines become threatened.

Objectives: The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest land management strategy involves reducing forest fuels by managing naturally caused fires in a fire-dependent ecosystem to improve forest health.

Evacuations: No evacuations currently.

Weather: Precipitation has fallen on the fire area for the past three days. Weather outlooks continue to show chances of precipitation for the next few days. High temperatures are predicted to be in the mid-70s with humidity in the 30-40 percent range.

Forest roads in the area may be restricted or closed depending on the operational needs of firefighters.

Smoke: Smoke is expected to be visible in the coming days. An interactive smoke map at allows you to zoom into your area to see the latest smoke conditions. Smoke may be visible from Hwy 260, especially at night.