WILDFIRE UPDATE: Frye, Lizard, Paige Creek, and Saner fires

Release Date: Jun 9, 2017  

LIZARD FIRE UPDATE

June 9, 2017:  10:00 a.m.

Location:

  • Douglas Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest

  • Latitude: 32.001        Longitude: -110.001

  • Two miles southeast of Dragoon, Arizona

    Start Date:  June 7, 2017, 2:43 p.m.                      Size:  Approximately 7,563 acres    

    Percent Contained:  0

    Cause:  Lightning

    Vegetation: Tall grass, brush                                 

    Summary:  The incident exhibits active fire behavior with good potential for growth. It is expected to merge with the nearby Dragoon Fire (200 acres in size at last report) today. 

    Evacuations:  Cochise County Sheriff’s Office has evacuated residents south of Dragoon Road and in Cochise Stronghold. Pre-evacuations are in place north of Dragoon Road, and in Dragoon Mountain Estates. For more information on evacuations contact the Emergency Operations Center at (520) 432-9820

    Structures Threatened:  Buildings in Dragoon, Cochise Stronghold.

    Objectives:

  • Provide for firefighter and public safety.

  • Full suppression.

Incident Management Team assigned:  A Type I Incident Management Team has been ordered and is expected to take command soon.

Resources Assigned:

  • Firefighters: 220 people assigned
  • Crews: 5 hotshot crews, 1 type 2 Crew
  • Engines:  17
  • Water Tenders: 1
  • Air Attack:  1
  • Helicopters:  1
  • Miscellaneous Overhead

Closures: 

A temporary flight restriction has been ordered, is in effect over the fire area, and remains in place until further notice. This restriction includes “drones” or unmanned aerial vehicles. The public is reminded that “If you fly, we can’t!” Aerial fire suppression resources will be grounded if drones enter the restricted airspace, which could result in serious consequences.

Fire Restrictions:  Stage 1 fire restrictions are in effect on the Coronado National Forest.

Fire Behavior:  Active fire behavior.

Fire Weather:  Hot, dry conditions will prevail over the next few days.

Safety Message: Yesterday a drone (Unmanned Aircraft Systems, or UAS) flew in the airspace of the Lizard fire. Even a tiny drone can cause a serious or fatal accident if it collides with firefighting aircraft. In most situations, if drones are spotted near a wildfire, firefighting aircraft must land due to safety concerns. This prolongs firefighting operations; in many cases, wildfires become larger when aircraft are not able to drop fire retardant, water, monitor wildfires from above, or provide tactical information to firefighters. Homes and other values at risk could burn needlessly, firefighters or others could be injured, or worst of all, a fatal accident could occur.

For updates please see the Coronado National Forest Facebook page at http://facebook.com/CoronadoNF and/or Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov

 

PAIGE CREEK FIRE UPDATE

June 9, 2017:  10:00 a.m.

Location:

  • Santa  Catalina of the Coronado National Forest

  • 32 8 32.2   110 27 37.4 

  • In Paige Creek on the East side of the Rincon Mountains

Start Date:  June 7, 2017, 5:15 p.m.                      Size:  Approximately 500 acres       

Percent Contained:  TBD

Cause: Lightning

Vegetation:  Grass and brush

Summary:  The Paige Creek fire is burning in grass on the east side of the Rincon Mountains. Firefighters are actively working to suppress the fire. Aerial resources will continue to support the firefighters on the ground in their efforts to secure the fire’s edge today. Additional crews, engines, water tenders and overhead have been ordered to assist with the suppression efforts.

Structures Threatened:  Several ranches and structures are in the area.

Objectives:

  1. Provide for firefighter and public safety.

  2. Full suppression.

Resources Assigned:

  • Firefighters:  3 hotshot crews, 1 fire module

  • Engines:  3

  • Air Attack:  1

  • Lead Plane: 1

  • Helicopters:  2

  • Miscellaneous Overhead

Closures: A temporary flight restriction has been ordered, is in effect over the fire area, and remains in place until further notice. This restriction includes “drones” or unmanned aerial vehicles. The public is reminded that “If you fly, we can’t!” Aerial fire suppression resources will be grounded if drones enter the restricted airspace, which could result in serious consequences.

Fire Restrictions:  Stage 1 fire restrictions are in effect on the Coronado National Forest.

Fire Behavior:  The fire is burning in grass with a moderate rate of spread.

Fire Weather:  Hot, dry conditions will prevail over the next few days.

For updates please see the Coronado National Forest Facebook page at http://facebook.com/CoronadoNF and/or Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov

 

SANER FIRE UPDATE

June 9, 2017:  10:00 a.m.

 

Location:

  • Douglas Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest

  • Latitude: 31 38 28.3       Longitude: 109 20 14.3

  • Northeast of Silver Creek Church , Arizona

Start Date:  June 7, 2017                                       Size: Approximately 275 acres        

Percent Contained:  TBD

Cause:  Lightning

Vegetation:  Grass, scrub oak

Summary:  The Saner fire is burning in grass and scrub oak and has been growing at a moderate rate of spread since it was reported the evening of June 6th.  A type 4 incident commander is taking over the fire today. Fire management is taking a reconnaissance flight this morning to further assess the fire. An additional hand crew and two more engines are expected to arrive at the fire today.

Objectives:

  1. Provide for firefighter and public safety.

  2. Full suppression.

.Resources Assigned:

  • Crews: 1 type 2 IA

  • Engines:  3

  • Miscellaneous Overhead

Fire Restrictions:  Stage 1 fire restrictions are in effect on the Coronado National Forest. 

Fire Weather:  Hot, dry conditions will prevail over the next few days.

For updates please see the Coronado National Forest Facebook page at http://facebook.com/CoronadoNF and/or Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov