Lizard Fire Update

Release Date: Jun 16, 2017  

June 16, 2017, 9:00 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: 15,214 acres

Percent Contained: 80%

Cause: Lightning

Resources Assigned: 365 personnel


Firefighters will patrol the perimeter of the fire today to ensure all the containment lines are holding. Additional crews and engines will monitor the south end of the fire near Mt. Glenn. Aircraft will be available to assist firefighters on the ground if needed. Fire activity is expected to be minimal, but the public can expect to see smoke as interior fuel continues to burn. Rehabilitation efforts including chipping brush and repairing dozer lines will continue.


A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team has been assigned to the incident. Wildfires may result in loss of vegetation, exposure of soil to erosion, and increased run-off that may lead to additional damage.

 The BAER team will first conduct an assessment to identify imminent post-wildfire threats to human life and safety, property, and critical natural or cultural resources on National Forest System lands. The assessment will inform the team of immediate post-fire soil stabilization work that may be needed.


Hotter and drier weather is expected for the next several days with a possible storm front arriving early next week. Multiple resources will remain on the fire with some on standby for new ignitions. The Coronado National Forest is under Stage 1 fire restrictions, and the Forest Service lands in the fire area remain under a closure order for public safety. Transition to a Type 3 organization is expected on Saturday morning at 6:00 a.m. 


Cooperation between the local, state and federal agencies will continue as monsoon season arrives and the potential for post-fire flooding is addressed. Recovery from wildfire is a long-term endeavor that requires communities to come together, be informed, make plans, and help each other out.