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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.

The Wildfire is still only 21% contained.

 

Smoke Synopsis

The high pressure system that has been over the area bringing above normal temperatures began weakening allow first of several disturbances to enter the area. This resulted in breezy conditions all through the night.  Westerly winds overpowered the expected downslope flow keeping most of the smoke out of Globe this morning. The smoke monitors in Miami and Globe did not record any significant impacts and the air quality should remain in the GOOD category all day.   

 

Today another dry and breezy day is being forecasted.  The heat will let off a little as temps are expected to be about 5 degrees cooler across the area. Expect an active day on the fire producing brief periods of heavy smoke throughout the day.  Weather models are showing a slight southerly component in the wind, this may cause smoke to push into town for short periods during the day.  Overnight winds will slow and may turn southerly, if winds align with downslope drainages heavy impacts are expected in the early morning. Smoke will lift out of the area shortly after 9 AM.

 

Civilian Drone Near Wildfire Shut Down Air Operations Yesterday

May 25, 2017 Morning Update

Acres: 4,986 acres (based on infrared flight)

Start Date: May 8, 2017

Cause: Lightning

Origin Location: 6 miles south of Globe, Arizona

Containment: 21%

Fuels: Upper elevation: Ponderosa pine, mixed conifer, and sub-alpine fir. Lower elevation: Brush

Total personnel: Approximately 383

Today at 6:00 a.m., Bea Day’s Type 1 Southwest Incident Management Team (IMT) assumed command of the Pinal Fire.  The Incident Command Post will relocate to the Gila County Fairgrounds by this evening.

 

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.

 

Yesterday airtankers and helicopters dropped retardant and water on the most active part of the fire on its northern perimeter, and were effective in keeping the fire in check. Firefighters conducted successful burnout operations along the Forest Service Road 112 to help limit the fire’s spread to the south. 

Today the weather will be hot, dry, and windy which is expected to increase fire behavior in some areas.  The priorities today are to hold the fireline on the southern edge of the fire along the Pinal Ridge to protect structures and communication towers. On the east side of the fire where there is partial containment, resources will be conducting burnout operations. On the northern edge of the fire airtankers and helicopters will continue to drop fire retardant and water.  A machine called a masticator is being used in areas further north from the fire to reduce vegetation and help build a contingency line. In that area firefighters will also be constructing fireline, and continuing to prep around structures.

 

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.

 

Values at Risk:  Communication towers, private & recreational residences, Mexican Spotted Owl Habitat, and public lands.  

Smoke: Please see the attached Air Quality report for information about current smoke levels.

 

Restrictions & Closures:  A Forest Closure Order and Fire Restrictions remain in effect. For more information, visit the Tonto National Forest website at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/tonto/alerts-notices.

Fire Information - (928) 487-0676 (8:00 am to 8:00 pm) and Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5164/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/US-Forest-Service-Tonto-National-Forest-243703969383690/                

Twitter: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23PinalFire 

 

 

Attachments:
FileDescriptionFile sizeDownloads
Download this file (AQ report 05252017.pdf)Air Quality Report (May 25, 2017) 255 kB238
Download this file (Final_2017-05-25 Pinal AM News Release.pdf)Pinal Wildfire Update (May 25, 2017) 200 kB250