May 24, 2017
Fire caused by lightning May 8 in Tonto National Forest, Globe Ranger District, 6 miles south of Globe near Pioneer Pass.
Current size: 3,927 acres
Containment: 21%[images style=”0″ image=”http%3A%2F%2Fwww.globemiamitimes.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2017%2F05%2Faq-report.png” width=”893″ align=”center” top_margin=”0″ full_width=”Y”]
Smoke: Smoke levels may increase over the next few days due to weather conditions and fire growth. Smoke management specialists are continuing to monitor smoke conditions in close coordination with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and Gila County Office of Emergency Management. If you have respiratory problems or are sensitive to smoke, either stay indoors with windows closed or, if possible, relocate to someplace away from the smoke. If symptoms persist or become more severe, please contact your primary care provider as soon as possible. For more information, see https://legacy.azdeq.gov/environ/air/smoke/download/fire_smoke_your_health_brochure.pdf.
Fire Behavior: The fire intensity will pick up as the weather patterns grow hotter and dryer and will continue to spread through the underbrush and duff. Yesterday, May 23, the fire encountered pockets of dense vegetation and brush and became quite active for a few hours. This created a great deal of smoke, some of which settled in and around Globe overnight.
Values at Risk: No structures have been damaged or destroyed. No evacuations anticipated.
Restrictions & Closures: A closure order and Temporary Flight Restrictions are in place in and around the fire the area. For more information on these restrictions, go to the Inciweb and TFR links.
Special concerns: Firefighter and public safety is priority. Firefighting aircraft cannot fly if drones or remote control aircraft are in the air. Do not fly such aircraft within the temporary flight restriction area.
Resources: 6 – Crews, 2 – Helicopters, 7 – Engines, 1 – Dozer, 2 – Water Tenders
Aimee Staten has worn several hats over the last few years, but she recently put on one of her more familiar caps after four years of working in nonprofits: That of a journalist. She has 14 years of experience in the news business as a reporter with eight of those years as the managing editor of the Eastern Arizona Courier.