Saturday, August 18, 2012

Activity slows on Mistake Peak Fire


ROOSEVELT, Ariz. – Activity has slowed significantly on the Mistake Peak Fire, 12 miles east of Tonto Basin on the Tonto National Forest. The fire began August 8 and is estimated at 5,120 acres.   

Rain fell Thursday night across the fire area and more is expected over the next few days. Fire officials said crews continue to make good progress toward full containment of the fire. Containment has increased to 50 percent with fireline constructed on the north, south and west sides.

Work is already underway to restore firelines that were constructed during suppression operations. The incident resource advisor is on scene to provide guidance on repair and restoration procedures. 

There are 419 personnel assigned to the incident including four hotshot crews, six twenty-person crews, seven engines, four dozers, three water tenders, and three helicopters. As firelines are secured and mop-up is completed, fire resources will be made available for other assignments across the country.  

·         A temporary closure to ensure firefighter and public safety is in place. The first area begins at the intersection of Forest Road (FR) 71 and FR 609, heading north, northeast along FR 609 until the junction with FR 416, then east on FR 416 to FR 86, then east on FR 486 to State Route (SR) 288, along the western edge of SR 288 to FR 609, then west along FR 609 to FR 486,  south and west along FR 486 to FR 236, south and west along FR 236 to the junction with FR 236A, southwest along FR 236A until FR 71, west along FR 71 to FR 609. 
·         Cholla Campground (including the entrance road from State highway 188)

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