Release Date: Jun 13, 2017  

June 12, 2017:  4:00 p.m.


  • Douglas Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest

  • Latitude: 31 46 13.4       Longitude: 109 19 22.1

  • Northeast of Silver Creek Church , Arizona

Start Date:  June 7, 2017, 11:56 a.m.                                 Size: Approximately 1,100 acres     

Percent Contained:  61

Cause:  Lightning

Vegetation: Oak woodlands and pinyon-pine chaparral, tall grass, riparian woodland.

Summary:  The Rucker Fire is burning in grass and brush. It is being managed as a type 3 incident, however a type 2 incident management team is expected to take command of the fire Wednesday. A full suppression strategy is being implemented. Today fire behavior was mostly smoldering and creeping which allowed crews to continue making good progress along the flanks of the fire. Ground resources worked on direct line construction, and used helicopter bucket drops as needed to cool hot sections of the line. Fire managers are optimistic that firefighters will continue to make progress tomorrow.


  1. Provide for firefighter and public safety.
  2. Minimize impacts and threats to all private property and other valuable resources.
  3. Effectively manage incident costs by planning strategies and tactics with high probability of success.
  4. Maintaining effective communications with all involved partners.

.Resources Assigned:

  • Crews: 8
  • Engines: 6
  • Helicopters:1
  • Air Attack: 1
  • Water Tenders:1
  • Miscellaneous Overhead

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

Fire Weather: Hot, dry conditions with potential for gusty winds are expected for the next few days. 

Closures: Temporary closures are going into effect to protect public safety and allow fire suppression activities to continue in a safe manner. The following will be temporarily closed until further notice: all trails south of Southfork, trails out of West Turkey Creek, trails South of Rustler Park, and road 74E are closed.

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.

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