Arizona Wildfires Update – July 1, 2021

Photo: Bottom Fire

Rafael Fire

  • Acres: 78,750
  • Percent Containment: 89%
  • Date/Time Detected: Friday, 06/18/2021 at 1927 MST
  • Structures Damaged/Destroyed:  1
  • Number of Personnel: 476
  • Cause: Lightning
  • Origin/Location: 4 miles north of Perkinsville

Yesterday, scattered rain fell across the north half of the fire. Crews continued with mop up, patrol, and suppression repair work on all flanks of the fire with suppression repair work being completed below the Mogollon Rim in and around Sedona and Loy Canyon.  Firefighters from the Rafael Fire assisted the Prescott National Forest with initial attack on two new lightning fire starts.

Crews will continue to patrol and mop up around the fire to secure the perimeter. Chipping of woody debris will continue along control lines in the northeast portion of the fire along FR 527 and along the road systems from White Horse Lake south to JD Dam. An excavator will be engaged in suppression repair on dozer lines in the area of White Horse Lake. Smoke from burning interior fuels will continue to be visible for a few more days. Thunderstorms and possible rain are predicted again this afternoon. The process of demobilizing Crews and equipment will continue.

A Type 3 Incident Command Team led by Incident Commander Troy Mueller, will be shadowing members of Southwest Area Type 1 Team 2 today and will assume management of the Fire tomorrow at 6 a.m. The Burned Area Emergency Response team is in place and will be assessing burn severity over the eastern portion of the fire.

All communities affected by the fire are in “READY evacuation status.  However, all areas within the Coconino, Kaibab, and Prescott National Forests remain closed to entry, regardless of evacuation status. 


Tiger Fire

Current as of 7/1/2021, 8:43:17 PM
Cause: Lightning
Date of Origin: Wednesday June 30th, 2021 approx. 01:45 PM
Location: 11 miles East of Crown King
Incident Commander: Ryan Barela
Total Personnel: 13
Size: 1,700 Acres
Estimated Containment Date: Tuesday July 20th, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM

The Tiger Fire started June 30, 2021 @1352 from a lightning strike in the Castle Creek Wilderness. The 1700 acre fire is burning in steep rugged terrain 11 miles east of Crown King, burning chaparral and grass. Remote access to this part of the forest is limiting full suppression efforts.

The Central West Zone Type 3 Team assumed command of this full suppression fire on July 2, 2021 @0600. Smoke is visible along the I-17 corridor near Black Canyon City and Sunset Point.


Grief Fire

¼ acres fire is approximately 6 miles east of Cherry. fuels: burning grass, brush.  Firefighters were able to make access yesterday evening and are working to contain.


Yellow Fire

113 acres fire is burning approximately 6 miles north and east of Dugas.  Firefighters and aircraft worked into the evening slowing forward progression.  Efforts today will focus on getting line around the perimeter of the fire as quickly and safely as possible.


Backbone Fire

Current as of 6/30/2021, 10:17:35 AM
Cause: Lightning
Date of Origin: Wednesday June 16th, 2021 approx. 11:30 PM
Location: 2 miles west of Pine, Arizona.
Incident Commander: Alan Sinclair, SW Area Type 1 Commander
Total Personnel: 319
Size: 40,855 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained: 76%
Estimated Containment Date: Thursday July 15th, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM


Painted Fire

Firefighters are responding to a wildfire, named the Painted Fire, on the Tonto National Forest east of Forest Road 80 near Horse Mesa Dam and Apache Lake.

The Painted Fire was reported late Wednesday afternoon and is burning approximately 6 miles west of Apache Lake Marina. The lightning-caused fire has burned approximately 900 acres in dry thick brush and grass.

Currently, one hotshot crew, two type 1 helicopters and two engines are working in tandem with aerial resources to halt the fire’s progression. Apache Lake Marina and Burnt Corral Campground are currently open; however, forest officials may close these sites to protect the public and firefighters if fire activity increases. Motorists are cautioned to slow down while traveling along SR 188/Apache Trail as they may encounter response crews and heavy firefighter equipment.

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Telegraph Fire

Acres: 180,756

Number of Personnel: 273

Percent Containment: 91%

Cause: Human, under investigation

Date/Time Detected: Friday, June 4, 2021, 1:30 p.m.

Origin/Location: South of Superior, Arizona

Structures burned: 52

Firefighters are currently patrolling, monitoring and mopping up the entire fire area. Crews are monitoring the fire burning southwest of Icehouse Canyon in the old Pinal fire scar. Telegraph Fire personnel are assisting local resources on the Haunted, Dungan and Horrel fires in addition to any new fire starts. Isolated hot spots continued to smolder in Icehouse Canyon, on the south side of Mescal Mountain, and north of Dripping Springs. Firefighters continued to monitor for flare ups and utilize crews as necessary to prevent the fire’s spread.  Fire crews have been completing suppression repair across the fire area.  With increased chances of monsoonal moisture this week, residents near the burned area should be prepared for potential post-fire flash flooding. Residents are urged to sign up for alerts with their county emergency management office.


Bottom Fire

Current as of 7/1/2021, 7:05:55 PM
Cause: Lightning
Date of Origin: Monday June 28th, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM
Location: Approximately 7 miles west of Bylas, AZ.
Total Personnel: 190
Size: 3,584 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained: 31%


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