2018_08_01 Update Multiple Fires on A-S NFs

Release Date: Aug 1, 2018  

2018_08_01 Hub Point Fire progression map

Multiple Fires on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests

Springerville, AZ—August 1, 2018 The Grama Fire was reported on Tuesday, July 17, 2018. Approximately 16 miles northwest of Forest Lakes, Coconino County, Arizona on the Black Mesa Ranger District in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests. The lightning-caused Grama Fire is being managed to fulfill the natural role in the forest ecosystem. The fire is about 1,789 acres, burning in mostly ponderosa pine with a timber understory, Gambel oak, and pinon/juniper. If weather conditions allow, hand ignitions should be completed today effectively consuming fuels near the containment lines. The final anticipated project area for the Grama Fire is approximately 2,153 acres. Incident commander Nate Parsons’ Type 4 is assigned to this incident.

The Ranch Fire was reported on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. Located about 25 miles south of Winslow, Coconino County, Arizona on the Black Mesa Ranger District in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests. The lightning-caused fire is approximately 2,641 acres. It is also being managed to attain the natural role of fire in the forest ecosystem. The total completed project area is estimated to be around 11,570 acres. The Type 3 helicopter will again be providing aerial ignitions for today and crews will be undertaking hand ignitions along Forest Service roads 169 and 504, continuing south to reinforce containment lines. The fire is being managed by incident commander Gary Strickland Type 3.

The Hub Point Fire was reported on July 27, 2018. Situated two miles east of Pinedale, Navajo County, Arizona on the Lakeside Ranger District in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests. It is burning in timber, brush and short grass, with moderate fire behavior. Crews will continue burning fuels along roads to strengthen the containment lines.  The fire manager’s strategy is to use this lightning-caused fire for multiple objectives in fostering a healthy forest. The fire is roughly 1,206 acres with the final projected acreage of this project at about 2,000 acres. Ken Owens' Type 4 is assigned to the incident as the incident commander.

Weather- Anticipate monsoonal activity with gusty outflowing winds and lightning.

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