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Headline: Pinal Fire Daily Update – Community Meeting: Tomorrow, Sat. 5/13 3:00
Pinal Fire Daily Update – Community Meeting: Tomorrow, Sat. 5/13 3:00
Release Date: May 12, 2017
Arizona Central West Zone Type 3 IM Team
Andrew Mandell, Incident Commander
May 12, 2017, 9:00 a.m.
Community Meeting: Tomorrow, Sat. 5/13 3:00
High Desert Middle School, 4000 Desert Drive Globe AZ
Globe Ranger DistrictFire Danger: HIGH
Detected: May 8, 2017 1500
Current Size: less that 5 acres
Location: Tonto National Forest, Globe Ranger District, 6 miles south of Globe Arizona, in the Pinal Mountains near Pioneer Pass.
Resources on Fire: The Central West Zone Type 3 Incident Management Team has taken command of the Pinal Fire as of 6:00 am this morning. There are four crews, four engines, and a total of 104 firefighters assigned to the incident.
Crews are preparing road ways and clearing vegetation for hazard reduction adjacent to structures and improvements. Monitoring the fire spread and all work is to protect values at risk.
Wildfire last burned in this area in 1952. The natural fire frequency of that landscape is in need of fire treatment and the introduction of fire under favorable conditions. Efforts will be made to encourage low intensity surface fire to reduce potential future severe effects of wildfire that could result from erosion, negatively effecting the community water shed and other unintended consequences from wildfire, creating a landscape resilient to wildfire disturbance and reduced risk to communities.
Fuels: The fire is currently burning in ponderosa pine needles and oak litter, oak brush, manzanita, and snowberry. Proceeding up the mountain towards Signal, Sulphide Del Ray, and Pinal Peaks, there is more pine, fir, and aspen.
Fire Behavior: The fire is currently creeping and smoldering in the pine needles. With recent rain and snow, fuels moistures are high keeping fire activity minimal, with most fire spread occurring in the afternoon sunshine. Smoke may be visible from the town of Globe Arizona.
Values at Risk: Private land and residences are in the vicinity of the wildfire area. Crews are protecting those homes through mechanical treatment and brush removal using chain saws and chippers. Electronic and communication sites are on Signal, Sulphide Del Ray, and Pinal Peak. Forest Service structures, campgrounds and infrastructure are present as are Mexican Spotted owl habitat and cultural and historic sites.
Weather: Strong high pressure aloft will lead to warmer and drier conditions. Light winds expected from the northwest 8 to 13 mph breezy in the afternoon, lessening after midnight; tomorrow up to 20 mph. No chance of precipitation with temperatures 74-78 and relative humidity’s 20-25%.
Restrictions & Closures: None at this time.
Special Concerns: Firefighter & public safety is the priority. Firefighting aircraft cannot fly if drones or remote control aircraft are in the air. Do not fly such aircraft within the temporary flight restriction area.
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