Precipitation Moderates Pine Fire Activity

Location:   Pine Mountain Wilderness on the Verde Ranger District (T11N, R5E, SEC 35)
Start Date:  07/12/20
Size:  300
Percent Contained:   0%
Cause:     Lightning
Vegetation:   Grass, Brush, and Ponderosa Pine

Summary: Fire Managers continue to use aviation resources to observe the fire activity and spread direction. The Pine Fire was able to back down into Sycamore creek yesterday at low to moderate intensities and did receive precipitation over the fire area. Ground resources will evaluate identified values at risk. Fire managers were able to develop a plan to protect the established values at risk consisting of range improvements, recreation sites, protected species, archaeological and historical heritage sites near the fire area.

Due to the fire’s remote location and very few values at risk, along with predicted moisture, fire managers are engaging the fire with a monitor strategy to limit the exposure to ground and aerial firefighting resources. The remote location would present challenges to extract an injured firefighter if an incident occurred.

Resources:  1-Air Attack

Weather:  Mostly Sunny with slight chances of thunderstorms in the afternoon, with temperatures ranging from 94-104, relative humidity 12-17%, winds out of the South at 10-15 MPH. There is a 10% chance for precipitation to occur in the area.

Closures: Trails leading into the Pine Mountain Wilderness will be closed off for public safety.

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