Arizona Wildfires Update, July 15, 2021

Map: Tiger Fire Area Closure

Tiger Fire

Size: 16,278 acres

Containment:  59%

Cause: Lightning

Location: 11 miles east of Crown King

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

Management of the Tiger Fire has transitioned to a Type 4 Team.  Early morning rain yesterday arrived over the Tiger Fire footprint bringing wetting rains over the perimeter until mid-morning. Amounts of rain recorded in the fire area varied from between .01 to .6 inches. These amounts further suppressed fire activity on the fire and will allow the fire scar to begin new growth. Future rain events do have the possibility of flooding if ger amounts of rainfall occur.  Although there is no threat of fire spread or potential growth; firefighters will continue to patrol and monitor containment lines by ground and air.  Equipment removal along Crown King Road (County Road 59) was completed on Wednesday allowing for a reduced fire area closure.  Visitors are reminded to obey all traffic signs and use caution when traveling along CR 59 as firefighters and fire-related traffic will be in the area.

CLOSURES:  Fire Managers have reduced the Tiger Fire Emergency Area Closure.  Castle Creek Wilderness and Horsethief Basin Recreation Area will remain closed for public safety.  The community of Crown King and all road leading into Crown King are open.  To view the Fire Emergency Closure and map, please go to our Alerts & Notices.

A BAER team was established to begin a burned area assessment of the Tiger wildfire. BAER assessments are rapid evaluations of the burned area to identify unacceptable risks on National Forest Service (NFS) lands from post-fire threats. The team’s focus is on the emergency actions necessary to protect life and safety, property, and critical natural and cultural resources on NFS lands. The team also shares burned area information from the assessment with other federal, state and local agencies with post-fire responsibilities on state and private lands both within and downstream of burned areas, including Flood Control District, Emergency Service, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and National Weather Service (NWS).

The Tiger fire is primarily located within rugged and remote terrain associated within the Castle Creek Wilderness.  Preliminary evaluation of the fire scar does not suggest downstream post fire flooding risks to the public.  The BAER Team will evaluate burn severity which reflects how fire has altered soil properties which influences post-fire flooding and soil erosion rates.  Initial evaluation has suggested minimal post fire values at risk and fire behavior indicates the probability of lower burn severity.  Lands affiliated with the Bureau of Land Management will not undergo a post fire analysis because of no identified values at risk.  The Yavapai Flood Control district will work in conjunction with the BAER Team through the analysis but at this time they have not identified post fire flood concerns.  As is customary from post fire rain events, the public should expect to see downstream transportation of ash.


Middle Fire

Current as of 7/15/2021, 6:06:34 PM
Cause: Lightning
Date of Origin: Tuesday June 29th, 2021 approx. 03:00 PM
Location: 3 miles west of the Verde River, 3 miles northeast of Red Creek Ranch
Incident Commander: Carl Schwope, SW IMT 4
Total Personnel: 114
Size: 2,792 Acres

Minimal fire activity due to monsoon activity.

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