Current Catastrophic Incidents

2014

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INDIVIDUAL INCIDENTS  

July 23, 2014 -
Sycamore Fire continues burning dead and down fuels 
on Apache-Sitgreaves NFs

Springerville, Ariz.; Monitoring continues with daily aerial flights of the Sycamore Fire located near Bear Valley (Township 2 N, Range 31 E, Section 15) within the Blue Primitive Area.  The fire is located on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests’ (ASNFs) Clifton Ranger District.  The fire started last week and has increased to approximately 2000 acres in size as of Tuesday evening.  Smoke may be visible from US Highways 180/191, and the community within the Blue Area as well as the town of Alpine.

“We are achieving our objective of allowing the fire to move across the landscape burning a lot of dead and down fuels.  The fire is moving south staying on the ground with no crowning at this time. With potential rain activity expected this week it will help in keeping the fire from growing rapidly,” according to Justin Thompson, Clifton Fire Management Officer.

The National Weather Service is calling for 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms today. Partly sunny, with a temperature falling to around 69 degrees by 5 pm.  Light south southeast wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Tonight 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.  Mostly cloudy with a low around 52 degrees and south wind 5 to 8 mph.

For additional recorded information regarding the Sycamore Fire can be found at www.311info.net and by calling 311 or 928-333-3412.

 

July 20,  2014

Sycamore Fire update on Apache-Sitgreaves NFs

Springerville, Ariz.; The lightening caused Sycamore Fire located near Bear Valley (Township 2 N, Range 31 E, Section 15) within the Blue Primitive Area is located on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests’ (ASNFs) Clifton Ranger District.  The fire started last week and has increased to approximately 912 acres in size as of Sunday afternoon.  Smoke may be visible from US Highways 180/191, and the community within the Blue Area as well as the town of Alpine.

“We felt the need to be proactive and have ordered in the Mescalero Helitak crew to line the Bear Mountain Lookout along with fire protection to several historic cabins in the Bear Mountain area. The fire is burning from the east, west and southern edges and is backing north into a previously burned fire scar area where we hope it will meet up and will burn itself out. We will continue monitoring the fire daily by air,” according to Justin Thompson, Clifton Fire Management Officer.

The National Weather Service is calling for a 20 percent chance of showers for Sunday night and Monday.

 

 

July 18, 2014

Sycamore Fire located on Clifton Ranger District to be monitored

Springerville, Ariz.; Smoke may be visible from US Highway 180 from the Sycamore Fire located near Bear Valley (Township 2 N, Range 31 E, Section 15) within the Blue Primitive Area located on the Clifton Ranger District.  The fire started on July 17 and is now at 10 acres in size.

Due to the small acreage size and with monsoonal weather conditions occurring daily, the objective is to permit lightning caused fires to play, as nearly as possible, their natural ecological role within wilderness.  The fire is currently being monitored by air.

 

 

 

San Juan Fire – Apache County AZ

 

6,975 acres

 

Oak Fire – Tucson AZ Area – 02Jul14

13,920 Acres

 

 

Diego Fire – 04Jul14 – Jemez Mountains, NM

3,650 Acres

 

 

Assayii Lake – 26Jun14

14,712 Acres