Highline Fire June 19, 2017 Evening Update: Firefighters Use Infrared Flights to Locate Heat Near Firelines

Contact(s): Highline Fire Information (928) 985-0097


  • Acres: 6,634 acres (based on infrared data)
  • Start Date: June 10, 2017
  • Cause: Unknown, under investigation 
  • Origin: 8 mi N of Payson in 1990 Dude Fire Scar
  • Containment: 76% 
  • Fuels: Grass, brush, heavy and down fuels, ponderosa pine and mixed conifer
  • Total personnel: 1,181



Today firefighters focused on locating and extinguishing remaining heat near containments lines. Infrared flights are being used to detect remaining heat for crews on the ground. Crews continued to patrol and mop-up containment lines in the Ellison Creek drainage, along the fire’s west flank above Dry Dude Creek and along the Road 95 and 139A above Bear Canyon. 


Repair of suppression impacts including dozer and handlines, equipment staging areas and safety zones continues. Repairs include construction of water bars to channel water off lines during monsoon rain events. In areas where brush was cleared crews are now using chippers to remove slash piles along control lines. The Highline and General Cook Scenic Trails will be repaired where they were used as a control line and impacted by suppression actions. Mitigation may include flush cutting stumps close to the ground, felling of hazard trees, and use of cut trees to prevent unauthorized Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) use in the future.


Tonight firefighters will focus on patrolling for hotspots near containment line and mopping up remaining heat.  


The potential for thunderstorms is expected to diminish this evening until tomorrow when dry thunderstorms will again be possible across the area. Unless influenced by thunderstorms, winds are expected to be light and down canyon. Temperatures and relative humidity are expected to be up due to cloud cover.


Firefighters are prepared to respond to new lightning fires in the area. The Incident Management Team has assumed initial attack responsibility for new starts in the vicinity of Highline Fire and is prepared to make resources (helicopters, engines and crews) available to new fires in the surrounding area. 


No additional community meetings are planned at this time. Updates will continue to be posted to the social media sites listed below and Information Officers will be out in the communities posting updated information at key locations.


All Evacuations and pre-evacuations have been lifted. Some roads near the fire are only open to residents and businesses due to heavy fire equipment traffic and fire crews working in the area.


The Coconino and Tonto National Forests Closure Orders and Fire Restrictions remain in effect.


Firefighters are working to protect values at risk where they can do so safely and effectively. Values include watersheds, private property and adjoining communities, pipelines, range improvements, powerlines, air quality, prehistoric and historic resources, federally protected species, and nationally and regionally significant trail systems. 


Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. More info: Know Before You Fly, http://knowbeforeyoufly.org


Fire Information: (928) 985-0097 and (928) 362-2916 (8:00 am to 8:00 pm)

Media Line: 928-793-1955

InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5233/

Arizona Emergency Information: http://azein.gov

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HighlineFireInfo/ 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/highlinefire

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