Release Date: Jun 13, 2017  

June 13, 2017:  10:00 a.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 1,130 acres     

Percent Contained:  75

Cause:  Lightning

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

Summary: The combination of moderating fire behavior and the hard work of fire suppression resources resulted in increased containment on the Rucker Fire yesterday. Firefighters conducted a burn out operation on the southwest side of the fire, which helped secure that portion of the line. The fire is now expected to remain under the management of a of a type 3 incident commander. Ground resources will continue to mop up and cool remaining hot areas of the fire today.


  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

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    Air Attack: 1

  • Water Tenders:1

  • Miscellaneous Overhead

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

Fire Weather: Exceptionally hot and dry conditions are predicted for this week with typically light June winds.

Closures: A temporary closure is in effect to protect public safety and allow fire suppression activities to continue in a safe manner. NFS Road 74E (Rucker Canyon) will be closed until July 15, 2017 or until rescinded. Trails will remain open in the area but please use caution in areas near fire activity.

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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