Lizard Fire Update

Release Date: Jun 15, 2017  

June 15, 2017, 8:00 a.m.


Location: Douglas Ranger District, Coronado National Forest, 50 miles east of Tucson on Highway 191 at I-10

Start date: Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Size: 15,212 acres

Percent Contained: 70%

Cause: Lightning

Resources Assigned: 460 personnel


Today’s priority is to extinguish a hotspot just south of Mt. Glenn where it continues to burn in a very inaccessible area. A group of hotshot firefighters will be flown to the location to complete this task. Other crews on the Lizard Fire continue to monitor and strengthen containment lines located in the remote south side of the fire. Fire growth was minimal during the past 24 hours. The west, north and east sides of the fire were relatively inactive.


Helicopters will continue to drop water on hot spots when requested by ground forces. Little smoke was visible yesterday. The fire was monitored overnight.


Yesterday the emphasis began to shift from suppression tactics to rehabilitation. In the area between the Ironwood and Pearce roads, and to the west, berms created by dozer line will be flattened and smoothed. Fire line dug by ground crews will have features added to help prevent soil erosion, and vegetation that was cut and piled will either be placed back on top of the fire line to break up rain impact or chipped and scattered. Some areas will be seeded with a mixture of native grasses to restore stability to the soil. Cut fences will be spliced and repaired, as will gates and cattleguards.


The transition away from suppression tactics means that crews and equipment are being released for reassignment to other fires in the region. Some current personnel will be retained on the incident with a transition to a Type 3 incident management team expected by Saturday. 


Lizard Fire managers continue to collaborate with the Coronado National Forest, Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, Sunsite-Pearce Fire District and Cochise County Sheriff to plan incident activities for days ahead.