Arizona Wildfires Update – July 8, 2021

Map of Tiger Fire

Middle Fire

Current as of 7/8/2021, 2:37:25 PM
Incident Type: Wildfire
Cause: Lightning
Date of Origin: Tuesday June 29th, 2021 approx. 03:00 PM
Location: 28 miles from Cave Creek
Incident Commander: Nick Castro
Total Personnel: 39
Size: 2,150 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained:  5%

A Southwest Type 2 Incident Management Team will assume command of the Middle Fire on the Cave Creek Ranger District at 6 a.m. tomorrow morning. The Middle Fire was one of several lightning-caused fires that occurred last week because of storms that passed through the area.

All of the lightning-caused fires received rain over the weekend, but the Middle Fire has continued to grow prompting fire officials to order the Type 2 Incident Management Team. Due to difficult terrain and the remote location, aviation resources have been conducting while firefighters have been scouting for opportunities to safely and successful contain and suppress the fire as well as assess and provide protection needs around ranches and other associated infrastructures in the area.

The Middle Fire located 3 miles west of the Verde River and 3 miles northeast of Red Creek Ranch, was reported Tuesday, June 29. The fire is currently 2,150 acres and is 5 percent contained, moving to the north and northeast. Out flow winds, little rain, inaccessible terrain, higher daily temperatures and low humidity have contributed to fire growth.

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Tiger Fire

Size: 13,175 acres                                   

Containment:  29%                             

Cause: Lightning                                                   

Location: 11 miles east of Crown King                

Start Date: June 30, 2021, 3:45 p.m.  

Incident Commander: Dave Gesser           

Incident Personnel: 361

The Tiger Fire crossed a management action point Wednesday afternoon which prompted the Incident Management Team to recommend to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office that Crown King be alerted that their evacuation status has changed from “Ready” to “Set”.

With the community of Crown King in a “Set” status, the town is now closed to the public. Residents only will be allowed in and out.

The Tiger Fire was very active yesterday. On the north and western perimeter of the fire, the continued high temperatures and low humidity combined with burnout operations north and south along the 52 road in the vicinity of the wilderness boundary, produced a large amount of smoke during the afternoon. Other smoke columns within the fire perimeter were more visible as unburned pockets of fuel on the interior of the fire were consumed.

Crews continued to prepare the Crown King Road (County Road 59) for a possible contingency firing operation between Cleator and Crown King, should conditions require that tactic in coming days. Other crews worked patrolling, extinguishing hotspots, and securing the eastern perimeter of the fire.

EVACUATIONS: Presently the communities of Cleator and portions of Black Canyon City are in “READY” status. Crown King and the Lorena Gulch Cabins are in “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

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