Arizona Wildfires Update – July 6, 2021

Tiger Fire

Email: 2021.tiger@firenet.gov    

Size: 11, 971 acres                                                

Containment:  0%                         

Cause: Lightning

Location: 11 miles east of Crown King              

Start Date: June 30, 3:45 p.m. 

Incident Commander: Dave Gesser           

Incident Personnel: 205

Rain on Saturday slowed fire growth and lessened its activity. As reported by remote automated weather stations placed around fire, the south end of the fire received 2.65 inches of rain, the north end got .70 inches and on the east side, above Black Canyon City, only received .01 inch. The most active part of the fire has been determined to be on the northwest side, still in the Castle Creek Wilderness.

Access into the Castle Creek Wilderness is limited by the steep terrain making it unsafe for firefighters to engage the fire directly at its edge. The incident management team is being strategic on the placement of firefighting resources to ensure safe ingress/egress. Direct suppression activities on that part of the fire may not occur until it moves out of the wilderness and onto more favorable terrain. Protection of life is the highest priority.

Crews continue to work on developing containment strategies, prepping potential control lines along roads and other features as well as continuing structure protection needs in Black Canyon City, Horsethief Basin and other areas of the fire.

WEATHER: Forecasts indicate a drying trend over the next few days which will increase fire activity.

EVACUATIONS: At this time, the communities of Crown King, Cleator and Black Canyon City are in “READY” status, Lorena Gulch Cabins have been “SET” status and Horsethief Basin is in “GO” status in accordance with Arizona’s Ready-Set-Go Program https://ein.az.gov/ready-set-go

Please sign up for Yavapai County Sheriff’s Code Red notifications at https://www.ycsoaz.gov/community/Emergency-Preparedness/Emergency-Notification-System

CLOSURES: The Prescott National Forest has implemented a full Forest Closure as have all the adjacent National Forests. More information is available on the Prescott National Forest website https://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott and the websites of the other National Forests in Arizona.

The Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) over the Tiger Fire remains in place and has been modified.

The TFR excludes all unofficial drone/UAV activity. “If you fly, we can’t”.

FIRE RESTRICTIONS: For fire restriction information around Arizona, visit: https://wildlandfire.az.gov/fire-restrictions

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Rafael Fire

Acres: 78,065

Percent Containment: 95%

Date/Time Detected: Friday, 06/18/2021 at 1927 MST

Structures Damaged/Destroyed:  1
Number of Personnel: 113

Cause: Lightning

Origin/Location: 4 miles north of Perkinsville

This will be the final daily update from the Rafael Fire.  According to Incident Commander Troy Mueller, fire managers at Coconino, Kaibab, and Prescott National Forests will assume management of the Rafael Fire Tuesday morning at 6 a.m.

Firefighters are nearing completion of the suppression repair work and road mending.  Interior pockets well within the fire perimeter will continue to smolder and smoke. Forest Service firefighters will continue to patrol the perimeter and keep a watchful eye on the fire.  The Burned Area Emergency Response team is in place and is continuing assessing burn severity over the entire fire.

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Painted Fire

FINAL UPDATE:
The Painted Fire has been declared 100% contained. It has had 48 hours of wind and rain and has not grown or shown signs of smoke. The fire will be monitored daily by aircraft. Final acres 976.#TontoFire #AZFire

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Telegraph Fire

Fire has received significant amounts of rain over the last few days.  Fire crews are continuing suppression repair work.  FS 651 has experienced debris flows and has been washed out.  The worry is now about flash floods.

180,757 Acres were burned.

 

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