Cornville Fire and updates on other Arizona Wildfires

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Cornville Fire

Current as of 6/13/2021, 5:36:32 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Unknown, Under Investigation
Date of Origin Sunday June 13th, 2021 approx. 12:30 PM
Location 2 miles east of Cornville
Incident Commander Brian Steinhardt, Prescott NF
Incident Description Wildfire
Coordinates 34.714 latitude, -111.885 longitude
Current Situation
Total Personnel 75
Size 1,000 Acres
Fuels Involved: grass, brush, piñon juniper

The Cornville Fire was reported around 1230pm on Sunday, June 13, 2021 east of the community of Cornville. The fire is approximately 1,000 acres and is being driven wind and dry fuels. The wind has pushed the fire back to the west and it continues to burn actively on the western, northern, and northwestern flanks of the fire through grass, brush, and piñon juniper. The fire is threatening multiple structures and crews are actively engaged in providing structure protection. One outbuilding has been confirmed destroyed.

As of 7pm, GO remains in effect for the area east of Page Springs Road between Windmill Lane and the Oak Creek Vineyards. All other areas have returned to READY. An evacuation center is set up at the Mingus Union High School Gym at 1801 E. Fir Street in Cottonwood. Always be ready in the event of an emergency and sign up to receive emergency alerts through your county’s Emergency Management Office website.  

Twelve pieces of aircraft, including two VLATs, 3 LATs, 4 SEATS, a Type 1 helicopter, Air Attack, and Lead plane are assigned to the fire along with engines and water tender. A hotshot crew has been ordered.

Stage II fire restrictions are in place on state land throughout Arizona, to include, Yavapai County – WildlandFire.az.gov

Department of Forestry and Fire Management Twitter – https://twitter.com/azstateforestry

Department of Forestry and Fire Management Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/arizonastateforestry

Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/YavapaiCountySheriff

READY, SET, GO – https://ein.az.gov/ready-set-go

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Slate Fire

Current as of 6/12/2021, 8:34:53 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Unknown
Date of Origin Monday June 07th, 2021 approx. 03:00 AM
Location Approx. 23 miles NW of Flagstaff, AZ, originating on Slate Mountain.
Incident Commander Jesse Causer
Coordinates 35.492 latitude, -111.847 longitude
Current Situation
Total Personnel 149
Size 6,587 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 20%
Fuels Involved
Pine, juniper, grass, brush.

Planned Actions
Crews planned to spend the weekend conducting firing operations on the west side of Slate Mountain to bring the fire out to control lines. The firing operations are expected to last 24 to 48 hours, and will allow crews to hold control lines on the west side of Slate Mountain and then shift remaining resources to the east side of the fire. Crews also plan to utilize natural fuel breaks and allow the fire to burn thicker fuels.

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Telegraph Fire

Acres: 88,589

Percent Containment: 74%

Date/Time Detected: Friday, June 4, 2021, 1:30 pm

Structures burned: 22

Number of Personnel: 971

Cause: Human, under investigation

Origin/Location: South of Superior, Arizona    

The Telegraph Fire saw an increase in fire activity this afternoon (6/13) due to extreme temperatures and low relative humidity near 1 percent. This afternoon during burning operations a spot fire occurred that went across Pioneer Pass Road near Pioneer Pass Campground. Firefighters are working the spot fire with hand crews, dozers and engines and are assessing a burnout operation on the contingency fire line that firefighters have been preparing and improving this week.  Because of the spot fire, AZ SR 77 has been closed to the public from Globe to Winkleman.  Local traffic is still allowed on AZ SR 77 from Winkleman to El Capitan.  The contingency group will continue constructing a fire line near El Capitan, using roads, hose lays, and chainsaw crews. Monitoring and mop up of the fire perimeter along U.S. Route 60 and near the Top-of-the-World community continued today. Patrol and mop up will continue around the fire wherever necessary to protect values at risk. We are reminding the motoring public to be alert for the increased presence of firefighters and large firefighting vehicles in the U.S. Route 60 corridor.

Evacuation status for Superior, Globe, Pinto/Carlotta and the Battle Axe area is now “Ready.” Evacuation status for Top-Of-The-World, Bellevue, Oak Flat, Miami, Central Heights, Six Ice and Claypool is now “Set.” The Tonto National Forest has initiated Stage 2 Fire Restrictions for the entire forest, effective 8 a.m. on June 11. All State Land is under Stage 2 restrictions effective 8 a.m. on June 11. All Bureau of Land Management lands in Arizona are under Stage 2 fire restrictions effective June 11, 2021.  See:  https://blm.gov/arizona/fire-restrictions Gila County Emergency Management has activated a call center for information on sheltering if you evacuate due to the wildfire: 928-910-4009 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

CLOSURE AREAS: Tonto National Forest has revised its Closure Order and Map:  https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/tonto/alerts-notices

Bureau of Land Management Emergency Fire Closure Order and Map:  https://www.facebook.com/BLMArizona/

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Mescal Fire

Containment increases; Excessive heat and fire potential persist

Mescal Fire Daily Update June 13, 2021

Acres: 72,250 acres

Cause: Under Investigation

Containment: 85%

Total personnel: 336

Start Date: Monday, June 1, 2021

Location:  12 mi SE of Globe, AZ; 7 mi NE of DrippingSprings, AZ

Announcement: There has been no increase in fire size for the last three days on the Mescal Fire. Firefighters continue to work hard, and containment has increased to 85%. The Incident Management Team is repairing damage and preparing to transfer command of the incident over to the local Incident Type 4 Management Team on Monday at 8pm. Overview: Crews on the Mescal Fire continue to monitor and patrol the fire’s perimeter and put out any hot spots near the fireline. All major roads and highways are open. There are no communities currently in evacuation status, due to the Mescal Fire. Beverly Hills, T 11 Ranch, El Capitan and Skill Center remain in “Set” status due to wildfire threats from the Telegraph Fire.

Record breaking temperatures and extreme dryness have caused fire restrictions to be put in place across much of the region. Fire Update: Crews have been successful in holding and improving the perimeter and are now working to repair areas. Crews are repairing impacts from firefighting activities across the area including bulldozer lines and other suppression tactics that occurred south of Highway 70 and near the communities of El Capitan (east of Highway 77) and Soda Canyon. The weather for the next 6 days will be characterized by record breaking heat, and extremely low humidity, which increase the risk of new fires. Please follow local fire restrictions due to the hot, dry, and windy conditions. Sparks from trailer chains and campfires, vehicles without spark arrestors, target shooting, improper disposal of smoking materials, and fireworks are among the top causes of wildfires. Visit the Arizona Interagency Wildfire Prevention website WildlandFire.AZ.gov/fire-restrictions to learn more about fire restrictions in your local area.  Evacuation Status Ready, Set, Go: The communities of Beverly Hills, T 11 Ranch, El Capitan and Skill Center remained in “Set” status due to wildfire threats from the Telegraph Fire. An area closure remains in effect for the Mescal Fire area. The closure includes both Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands. Highway Closures: None at this time. Smoke: Light to moderate smoke is occurring this morning primarily from the Telegraph Fire. Lesser smoke continues to be observed from the Mescal Fire, with most ground level smoke lifting between 900-1000 AM. As fire activity increases this afternoon, moderate smoke will push northeast from the Telegraph Fire. This will impact the US 60 corridor from Miami to Globe and US-70 to San Carlos, especially this afternoon when winds will push smoke more east-northeast.

The Daily Smoke Outlook can be found at: https://fires.airfire.org/outlooks/EasternArizona  Firefighter and public safety are the highest priorities on these fires. Firefighters are also working to protect the communities of San Carlos, Peridot, El Capitan, Drippings Springs, Soda Canyon, Skill Center and Beverly Hills; Mescal and T11 ranches, the powerline supplying San Carlos and Peridot, as well as historic and cultural sites within the fire area.

More Information:

Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7507/

Mescal Fire Information Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Mescal-Fire-Information-101095532201192

Highway Closure Information:  https://az511.gov/

 

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