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Pre-evacuation notification for residents in Icehouse/Kellner Canyon issues

Based on recommendations from the Pinal Fire Incident Management Team, Gila County Sheriff’s Office is issuing a precautionary pre-evacuation notification for residents in Icehouse and Kellner Canyons, south of the Icehouse/Kellner junction only (effective May 25, 2017). This is only a pre-evacuation notification and residents do not need to leave the area at this time. Residents of the affected area can expect local public safety personnel to be going door to door to convey pre-evacuation information to residents. Residents should start preparations now, in order to be ready to leave the area quickly if necessary. The planned location to shelter livestock is the Burch Sale Yard. Driving from Globe on Highway 188, headed toward Roosevelt, the Burch Sale Yard is located at the very first left after the train tracks. The Burch Sale Yard is open now for residents who wish to move their livestock. The Arizona Humane Society will assist in providing shelter for pets, if necessary. Call the Pinal Fire Incident Command Center at 928-487-0676 with any questions or visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5176/ for more information. In case of emergency, please call 9-1-1. Sign up for Gila County’s Emergency Alert system at www.readygila.com. Read More »

Public invited to Community Meeting Sunday May 21 to discuss Pinal Fire

The Pinal Fire. This photo was taken on May 19th at dusk by Kenneth Chan.

The Pinal Fire which began on May 8th due to a lightening strike is a controlled burn which now covers over 1400 acres. It is being allowed to burn underbrush which has accumulated in the area for nearly 65 years since the last fire in 1952.   Read More »

Whitetail and Sawmill Fires – Email Update – June 20, 2015 16:28 PST

Whitetail and Sawmill Fires June 20, 2015 Incident Commander: Nate Barrett, and Brad Johnson, IC-Trainee Information Contact:  Valerie Azure and Gabrielle Kenton—928-475-2326 8:00 am. to 5:30 pm.     Start Date:  June 20, 2015  Growth Potential:  Fire activity is high in steep, rocky terrain.  Size:  Whitetail = 11,500+ acres           Sawmill = 450 + acres Percent Contained:  0%  Cause:  Both lightning caused.  Resources Assigned: The Geronimo Hotshot crew, four 20-person Type II Initial Attack crews, 4 engines, two helicopters, and various other resources.   Summary:  Now on its fifth day, the Whitetail Fire has grown to approximately 11,500  acres and continues to burn in rugged grassland and woodland terrain in the central San Carlos Apache Reservation.  The Sawmill Fire, also on the reservation, is approximately 15 miles east of the Whitetail Fire and in similar terrain. Winds are pushing both fires in various directions through steep terrain as they progress in an easterly direction. Both fires are being managed to meet multiple objectives including habitat, watershed, and forage improvement.   The public is asked to avoid roads and areas near the fire due to heavy fire traffic and fire hazards.  Road 1200 to Blue River, and roads 1220, 1400,  and1500 near ... Read More »

Tonto National Forest at “extreme” fire danger. Caution urged for the Fourth

Press Release: Tonto National Forest With fires raging in all parts of the West, it may go without saying that each of us heading into the Fourth of July weekend must be careful not to create sparks when the forests are this dry. “Extreme” fire danger is the highest level of fire danger possible under the national Fire Danger Rating system, and that is where we stand: extreme. Read More »