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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 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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This information is brought to you by the Southern Gila County CERT Team and USAEBN.org. Official reports attached.

 

On May 23, the fire moved into the brush component in the Icehouse Canyon producing heavy smoke through the night. The Globe monitor started recording smoke just before 3 am and peaking at 5 am. Smoke is expected to begin lifting out of the area shortly after 9 am. The air quality in Globe, AZ is forecasted to be Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups today.

 

Today is expected to be the hottest day of the week, 96 degrees, 0 Precipitation, 9% Humidity and 19 MPH Easterly Winds. Hot, dry and breezy conditions should add to the fire behavior producing heavy smoke throughout the day. Westerly winds will move the smoke off to the east during the day. Overnight as winds calm down, drainage flow will bring smoke into the Globe, AZ area. Heavy impacts are expected overnight and into the morning with smoke clearing out by 10 AM.

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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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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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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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