YESTERDAY: Crews made great progress towards the goal of full suppression on the Hidden Fire. The fire was moderately active as it moved through pine stringers, burning pine litter and manzanita/oak understory. A run up the southwest flank of Chalk mountain produced a heavy smoke column in the afternoon. Firefighters completed containment line along the northeastern perimeter and work continued to focus on mitigating the danger to values at risk.
TODAY’S ACTIVITY: Crews will be completing direct and indirect fire line today, with continued focus on constructing line along the northern perimeter. Firing operations are planned along Forest Road 1938. Fire behavior is expected to be moderate, characterized by smoldering and creeping. Minimal growth is expected today due to lower temperatures, increased humidity and the possibility of rain predicted. A forecast of drying weather is expected for next few days.
AIR SUPPORT: Due to the increased fire activity throughout the Southwest and California air support is limited. We are utilizing shared resources of air tankers and helicopters with our neighboring Type 1 Incident Management Team.
Effective at 12:00 pm on August 31, 2020, and as a result of the successful firefighting operations, the Gila County Sheriff’s Office and Gila County Emergency Management has changed the READY-SET-GO notification status from SET to READY. For additional information please visit the Gila County website at https://www.gilacountyaz.gov/.
HIDDEN FIRE CLOSURE ORDERS:
- Please visit Tonto NF website for closure information: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/tonto/home/?cid=FSEPRD759501
- Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Hidden-Fire-Info-108681537629349
- View the closure order and map here: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/7094/54530/