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Infrared Wildfire Map - Size comparison between the Whitewater-Baldy Complex Fire (297,800-acre fire seen at left) and the Little Bear Fire (44,330-acre fire seen at right). More IR satellite imager at http://tmappsevents.esri.com/Website/wildfire/
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Fire Update - June 23, 2012: Date Started: 05/16/2012 - Number of Personnel: 18 - Cause: Lightning - Size: 297,800 acres (465 square miles) - Percent Contained: 87
As of the last update, June 19, 2012, and infrared mapping of the fire, the fire's acreage is now 297,800 acres. There is still fire activity in the interior of the fire although it has cooled-down considerably in Turkey Creek drainage on the south end of the fire. Smoke will continue to be visible from the interior smoldering and burning pockets of woody material. Aircraft will continue to patrol the fire area as needed. Incident Commander, Tory Kendrick will oversee the management of the Whitewater-Baldy Complex and work closely with the Gila National Forest ranger districts on coordination of firefighting resource needs. Through the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy, the Forest Service is working with other federal agencies and local, state, and tribal governments to plan, prevent, and safely respond to wildland fires across all lands and jurisdictions. For additional information regarding the post fire-flood assessment go to the Whitewater-Baldy Complex BAER page at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2900/. - Via U.S. Forest Service
Fire Update - June 12, 2012: During yesterday's operational period, crews continued to rehabilitate fire lines and roads along the northern fire boundary from Devil's Park on Road 626 to the union of Indian Creek and the Middle Fork of the Gila River. Today's efforts will include rehabilitation of dozer lines in cold areas of the fires. Road damage that occurred from increased fire traffic on the road system is being rehabilitated as needed.
The increased visible fire activity occurred in pockets of unburned brush in Brush and Sycamore Canyons. Visible smoke and fire behavior was short-lived. Fire fighters and air support were standing by to keep the fire in containment lines. Crews and air resources are standing by in the southern boundary where fire activity has been present.
Increased fire traffic will continue in the southern fire perimeter. For your safety and safety of the fire crews please remember to avoid traveling on Sacaton Road and Moon Ranch Road. The Southwest Type 1 Incident Command Team transfered command to a
National Incident Management Organization (NIMO) Team Monday at 6:00 PM. In addition to complex fire management, these teams have year-round "non-incident" duties in support of Fire and Aviation Management. For more information about NIMO teams go to www.nifc.gov/nimo
For additional information regarding the post fire-flood assessment go to the Whitewater- Baldy Complex BAER page at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2900/.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: If you are planning to visit the Forest, Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect. Additional closures are still are in effect in several areas; please go to the Gila National Forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/gila for current information or contact the Forest directly at 575-388-8201. - Via U.S. Forest Service
Firefighters made good progress yesterday on the northeastern portions of the fire. Patrols will monitor that section of the fire today. Minimal smoke was visible from the Willow Creek area. Crews monitored and mopped-up in Mogollon. Along the southwest boundary, the fire moved sluggishly through the lower slopes and produced minimal short duration smoke columns. Reduced fire behavior was observed as the fire moved into gentle sloping hills of pinon and juniper. The fire in the southeastern section continued to slow and flank around the 2011 Miller and Lilley Fires. Today, firefighters are scouting the area along Gila Mountain Trail and the Middle Fork River for potential control lines. Should extreme fire behavior push the fire to the east, a contingency line is being constructed a safe distance east of the fires edge. Firefighters will strengthen containment lines south of the community of Mogollon. Catron County Sheriff's Office will lift the evacuation order in Mogollon effective Monday, June 4, 2012, to residents and business owners. On Wednesday, June 6, 2012, the community will be open to the public. - Via National Forest Service
With the increased humidity levels, firefighters made significant progress on the northern and western fronts of the fire. Firefighters continue to improve structure protection in Mogollon, Willow Creek, and isolated ranches. Successful burnout operations resulted in hardened boundaries around subdivisions. Substantial progress was made on north and western flanks, which doubled the percentage of containment to 10%. Firefighters are scouting terrain along the southwestern and eastern flanks of the fire for opportunities to safely put in containment lines. - Via National Forest Service