Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Fire west of Roosevelt Lake 50% contained

Peters Fire burning west of Roosevelt Lake

September 1, 2015; 4:30 p.m.

§  Tonto Basin Ranger District of the Tonto National Forest
§  Gila County, Arizona
§  Peters Mountain, approximately 9 miles south of Tonto Basin, AZ, and two miles west of Roosevelt Lake

Start Date:  August 27, 2015, reported at approximately 4 p.m.

Size:  Approximately 800 acres                                 Percent contained: 50%

Cause:  Lightning

Vegetation: Grass and brush                                              Growth Potential:  Moderate

Resources Assigned: 1 engine (5 personnel), 2 hand crews (40 personnel), 1 air attack plane; total personnel 48.

The lightning caused Peters Fire was reported Thursday, August 27.  It’s burning in Sonoran Desert grass and brush two miles west of Roosevelt Lake on the slope of Peters Mountain.

“The Peters Fire received significant rain over a 1.5 hour period last night.  With the intense hard work the fire fighters have performed since last Thursday there was little growth yesterday and no smoke showing today” said District Ranger Kelly Jardine.  There are no homes or structures threatened.  The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Three Bar cabin is located one mile west of the fire and is a priority for protection.

Ground crews and air attack will continue current day operations to contain and secure the fire perimeter.  Fire fighters will monitor the fire overnight as higher nighttime humidity has subdued the fire growth overnight.

Peters Fire and fire activity is visible from Hwy. 188, Roosevelt Lake and Tonto Basin areas. We ask the public to watch out for fire fighters and equipment along Hwy. 188.

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