Pinal Fire Daily Update - May 13, 2017, 9:00 a.m.

Release Date: May 13, 2017  

Arizona Central West Zone Type 3 IMT

Andrew Mandell, Incident Commander

Information Phone: 928-487-0676


Detected: May 8, 2017

Cause: Lightnin​g

Current Size: 19 acres

Containment: 0%

Location: Tonto National Forest, Globe Ranger District, 6 miles south Globe Arizona, in the Pinal Mountains near Pioneer Pass.

Resources on Fire: The Central West Zone Type 3 Incident Management Team is in charge of fire operations. There are 4 crews, 8 engines, 1 Type 3 helicopter and a total of 164 firefighters assigned to the incident.

A structure protection group has been mobilized and is currently constructing a plan that includes water distribution in and around the communication sites and the summer homes. Dozers have been working on road improvements. Crews are scouting the ridgeline for possible future preparation and contingency lines.

Wildfire last burned in this area in 1952. The natural fire frequency of the landscape is in need of the reintroduction of low-severity fire into the ecosystem to provide for fire adapted communities and protect infrastructure resulting in enhanced overall forest health for the future. Our goal is to establish ponderosa pine and mixed conifer fuel types that have been restored to a more drought tolerant and natural condition while protecting the community watershed from erosion. Private land, infrastructure, and recreation facilities will be protected from fire. Public and firefighter safety will remain paramount in all decisions and they are based on the values at risk.

Fuels: The fire is currently burning in ponderosa pine needles and oak litter, oak brush, manzanita, and snowberry. Proceeding up the mountain towards Signal, Sulphide Del Ray, and Pinal Peaks, there is more pine, fir, and aspen.

Fire Behavior: The fire was more active yesterday, continuing to creep and smolder in the duff and pine needles. Smoke may be visible from the town of Globe, Arizona.

Values at Risk: Private land and residences are in the vicinity of the wildfire area. Crews are protecting those homes through mechanical treatment and brush removal using chain saws and chippers. Electronic and communication sites are on Signal, Sulphide Del Ray, and Pinal Peak. Forest Service structures, campgrounds, and infrastructure are present as are Mexican spotted owl habitat and cultural and historic sites.

Weather: Strong high pressure aloft will lead to warmer and drier conditions. Winds are expected in the valley bottoms, northwest 8 to 13 mph, ridgetops 25 – 35 mph, breezy in the afternoon, lessening after midnight. No chance of precipitation with valley temperatures 84-87˚, ridge tops 59-62˚ and relative humidity’s 28-31%.

Restrictions & Closures: None at this time. A closure order for the area is expected to go into place Monday. More information will be provide as it becomes available.

Special Concerns: Firefighter & public safety is the priority. Firefighting aircraft cannot fly if drones or remote control aircraft are in the air. Do not fly such aircraft within the temporary flight restriction area.

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