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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Mistake Peak fire continues to grow

MISTAKE PEAK FIRE UPDATE
ROOSEVELT, Ariz. – Above average temperatures and shifting winds from passing thunderstorms contributed to the Mistake Peak Fire growing to approximately 4,000 acres today.  An excessive heat warning is in effect until Wednesday night. Incident Commander Matt Reidy said, “The importance of operating safely in these extreme conditions cannot be emphasized enough.”

Additional resources arrived at the fire today and received job assignments. Approximately 375 personnel are assigned to the incident and the fire is 10 percent contained.  Crews are working to protect structures on the south and southeast sides of the fire.

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.  This closure affects current bear hunting activities in the area and may affect archery deer hunts which begin on August 24.  Only a portion of unit 23 south is affected.  For more hunting information please contact Arizona Game & Fish at http://www.azgfd.gov or 602-942-3000. A second area that is closed is the Cholla Campground starting at State Highway 188.

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality is coordinating with the Incident Management Team to monitor smoke impacts in outlying areas.

Mistake Peak Fire information is posted at http://www.inciweb.org/
incident/3141 and follow the Northern Arizona Incident Management Team on Twitter @NAZ_IMT.  For more information regarding forest recreation sites please contact the Tonto National Forest at 602-225-5200, or check online at www.fs.usda.gov/tonto.

Charley Fire on Tonto National Forest at 950 acres
3 miles west of Sunflower, Ariz., Aug. 14, 2012, 1830 hrs.

Fire Facts
Incident Commander: Andrew Serrano

Date reported: Aug. 12, 1619 hrs.
Number of personnel: 79
Location:
33, 50’ 35” x 111, 31’ 48”
3 miles west of Sunflower, Ariz.
Resources committed:
5 engine crews

Cause: Lightning
Aircraft:
2 AZ National Guard helicopters
1 air attack plane assigned for monitoring fire activity
1 air tanker – BAE146 (new generation)
Size: 950 acres
Cooperators:  Arizona National Guard

Containment:  10 %
Est. cost:  $50,000
Terrain: Steep, rough, inaccessible

Fuels: Short grass




Summary:   The Charley Fire is burning north of Maverick Mountain (between Bartlett Lake and Hwy. 87). The terrain is extremely steep, rugged and inaccessible. Smoke is visible to several northeast and east Valley communities. 

Currently, receiving light precipitation.

The above-normal temperatures continue to be of concern for firefighter safety, and are accelerating the reduction of fuel moisture despite the recent monsoon rains. Extremely rough terrain also complicates firefighting challenges. 

For more information, please contact the Mesa Ranger District at (480) 610-3300, or check online at www.fs.usda.gov/tonto

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