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Pinal Fire Update (1705130900).

 

Lighting Caused wildfire is burning 6 miles south of Globe, AZ in the Pinal Mountains near Pioneer Pass. It currently has consumed 19 acres and is 0% contained.

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The Pinal fire has tripled in size overnight, from 19 to 75 acres. This was expected due to the relative small size of the fire. The USFS has also issued a road closure in the affected area. Please see the attached tab for more information on the Road Closure Order.

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The Pinal Wildfire has grown is size to almost 1500 acres and is still creeping and smoldering in rugged terrain. Since there has not been a fire in this area since about 1958, the fire team is going to let it burn until mid June.

 

Also the Arizona Central West Zone Type 3 Incident Management Team will be conducting a Community Meeting Sunday, May 21st at 3:00 P.M. at the High Desert Middle School, 4000 Desert Drive, Globe, Arizona.

 

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Yesterday all aerial resources had to be grounded after a civilian drone was spotted near the fire.  This directly impacted suppression efforts. If you fly, we can’t. It is illegal to interfere with the efforts of firefighters to extinguish a fire. Every time a drone is spotted anywhere within the Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) area, all aircraft have to land until we can be sure the drone is clear of this area.

 

As this wildfire enters its third week, some of the residents of Globe and Miami, are beginning to wonder when this fire will come to its conclusion. As A community we must come together and do our part in assisting the wildfire crews. Flying drones in a flight restricted area is not only illegal but it hinders operations, which in turn keeps the fire burning.

 

PLEASE DO YOUR PART, DO NOT FLY DRONES IN A FAA FLIGHT RESTRICTED ZONE!

 

There will be a Community Meeting Tonight at 5:00 p.m. at the High Desert Middle School, 4000 High Desert Dr. Globe, AZ.

We plan to try to livestream the meeting on https://www.facebook.com/US-Forest-Service-Tonto-National-Forest-243703969383690/. American Sign Language (ASL) services and captioning will be provided.

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Yesterday, the wildfire incident command team was transferred to a new commander. The fire has grown by approximately 700 acres and the containment has grown to 32%. The fire crews are fighting the fire more aggressively.

 

The new incident management team is recommending that people in Icehouse and Kellner Canyons, begin to prepare for possible evacuation, just in case the winds pick up and begin to blow embers into these areas.

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Yesterday the fire grew by approximately 726 acres, primarily on the north end of the fire where it progressed down off the hill into the brush towards Forest Road (FR) 651 further north into Kellner Canyon. Containment was increased to 33% also.

 

There will be a Pinal Fire Community Meeting tonight at 5:00 p.m. at the High Desert Middle School Gym, 4000 High Desert Dr., Globe, AZ.

 

Currently there is NO EVACUATION orders currently being issued, however PRE-EVACUATION orders have been issued for residents in the Icehouse and Kellner Canyons, South of the Icehouse/Kellner Junction only. A Pre-evacuation means to get your homes, family and animals ready in case the wind and or fire changes rapidly. One of the ways to get ready is by signing up on the Gila County Everbridge system and identifying anyone who might have a disability and would need special assistance during an evacuation. You can find out more information and sign up at www.readygila.com. Also remember during a wildfire, you do not need to wait for evacuation orders to evacuate. If you feel threaten and you have a safe place elsewhere, by all means go there. You are responsible for your family, not the government. If you feel your safety is in danger, evacuate at your discretion.

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The Pinal Wildfire is reaching the 45% containment levels and the wildfire crews are working hard to bring this fire to its conclusion.  Personal I would like to thank all agencies and organization, who have giving up their Memorial day weekend, with family and friends, in order keep this community safe and informed.

 

Today the Fire Crews will be using air assets to help battle the blaze, so please keep our UAV OUT OF THE AIR, and let them do their jobs. Currently there is no injuries on this fire and by us doing our community duty, we can help keep this record. If we fly they can not.

 

There will be a Pinal Fire Community Meeting tonight at 5:00 p.m. at the High Desert Middle School Gym, 4000 High Desert Dr., Globe, AZ. Last Night Community Meeting (May 28, 2017)

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This report provided to you by the Southern Gila CERT Team and its sponsor USAEBN.

There is a potential for dry thunderstorms this afternoon witch could produce gusty winds.  Dry lightning is also possible in the area.  Firefighter efforts will focus on patrolling and securing the north side of the fire.  Suppression repair continues on the west, south, and east sides of the fire to repair damages and minimize potential soil erosion and impacts from fire suppression activities.  Mop up continues in these areas as well.

 

There will be NO Pinal Fire Community Meeting tonight. . Last Night Community Meeting (May 29, 2017)

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This information is brought to you by your Southern Gila Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and our proud sponsor USAEBN.ORG.

 

#pinalfire The wildfire IMT was able to increase the containment of the fire to 70%, which resulted in the Gila County Sheriff office lifting the Pre-Evacuation notices for Icehouse and Keller Canyons.

 

Even though the fire is not completely out, we are in the final phases of operations on this wildfire. The fire crews have shifted their focus from burning operations to holding and repairing the established fire lines.

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On June 1, 2017 The #pinalfire began Mop up operations as the fire way 82% contained and no structures or property is in danger. The Incident Management team (IMT1) Transferred command to local Type 3 Team today at 6 AM. About 60% of the firefighters have been re-assigned.

 

Repair of suppression impacts continues and will be on-going. Firefighters continue to repair impacts from fire operations, including restoring hand and dozer lines, parking areas, and other areas used during fire suppression efforts. Firefighters also continue to patrol the fire line and mop-up hotspots in areas that could threaten the perimeter.

 

The forecast is for hot, dry weather for the near future. Fuel moisture remains critically low. Expect to see smoke and possible flames within the fire’s perimeter until the area receives significant moisture.

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July 31, 2017

SOUTHERN GILA COUNTY CERT AND GLOBE HIGH SCHOOL TEAM UP TO CREATE SOUTHERN GILA TEEN CERT PROGRAM.

Globe (Arizona) High School, Gila County OEM, Southern Gila CERT and USAEBN Community Readiness are teaming up to create a TEEN Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program to be offered to the Globe High School freshmen class in the 2017-2018 school year. 

The program leader, Major (Ret) Sal Fiorella, states that he wanted to expose the children to careers in the local community, available after high school. These careers will include Law Enforcement, Paramedics, Firefighting, Homeland Security and Emergency Management.  “This program is going to be AWSOME…” states Major Fiorella.

The student will be trained in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommended course outline, which includes Disaster Preparedness, Fire Extinguisher use, light search and rescue, field medical triage and Incident Command System (ICS).