Cave Creek Complex Fire

Cave Creek Complex Fire

Last update: July 14, 2005 - 8:30 am

Cave Creek Complex Fire Information (928) 554-0480 / 6am- 10pm
Official Cave Creek Complex Fire Web Site

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visit or call 5-1-1.
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Quick Facts:    
Definition of "complex" fire: A "complex" fire is two or more fires in the same area assigned to a single commander or unified command.
Total Acres:
Start Date: June 21, 2005; 4:45 p.m.
Cause: Lightning
Location: 5 miles NE of Carefree, AZ and 20 miles SW of Pine/Strawberry
Containment: 100%
Expected Full Containment: Full containment reached
Threatened Resources: High voltage power lines.
Fuels: Oak & Chaparral brush & grass
Step topography, extremely flashy fuels, & poor access.
Cost: $16,471,000
Total Personnel: 580
Crews: 10 crews
Equipment: 10 engines; 3 bulldozers
Air Support: Helicopters: 8
Evacuations & Closures:

There are NO Evacuations in place on private lands near the fire.

The entire Cave Creek Ranger District is closed except for Bartlett Lake area and the Mazatzal Wilderness area. The Agua Fria National Monument is also closed for public safety.

Damage: 11 residences, 3 out buildings in Camp Creek

Camp Verde, Ariz. - The Arizona Central West Zone Incident Management Team, John Philbin Incident Commander, has assumed responsibility for the entire Cave Creek Complex incident. Today Fire Information Officers will be present in Pine, Strawberry, and Payson to update residents on the status of work being done.

Fire crews and support personnel continue to be released today as the incident begins to wind down. More are returning to their home units or responding to their next assignment. The coming days will see a decline in fire crews; however, personnel will remain on the complex for rehabilitation work over the next several weeks.

Firefighters of the Cave Creek Complex have also been working to save the environment. Recycling of plastics, cans, and paper has been a work in progress on this incident. Southwest Recycling is providing recycling bins and retrieval services to encourage more recycling. On the Aspen Fire in 2003 it was reported that an estimated 1000 cubic yards of dumpster space was saved. Additionally, this effort also helps to save in costs of garbage disposal.

Residents are reminded that several closures are in place for areas near, and around, burned areas. Please check with your local Ranger District for specific closures.

You can also visit the web at: under “area closures.”


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