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ASH FIRE -
starting in Ash Canyon
JUNE 21, 2003 (See information Below)
Ash Fire Photos - June 21-22,
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Last Advisory (6/26/2003)
|Fire Name: Ash
Time/Date Started: June 21, 2003 at
Location: Ash Canyon, South of Sierra Vista in Cochise County
Size: 564 Acres
% Contained: 100%
Containment Date: June 25, 2003 at 6:00 PM
Cooperating Agencies: U.S. Forest Service, Arizona State Land
Department, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Cochise County, National Park
Service, Bureau of Land Management, Department of Public Safety, Private
and Rural Fire Departments.
Resources Committed: 2 Hot Shot Crews, 1 Type 3 helicopter, and Misc.
Predicted Weather: Winds will be out of the West Northwest at 5-10
MPH. Temps. will be in the high 80's to low 90's Humidity is
expected to be 8%.
Remarks: The local Ranger District, will assume responsibility of the fire
at 6:00 AM when Bradley's Northern Arizona Type II Team will be released.
The direct line put in by crews yesterday stopped the spread of the fire.
Crews spent today rehabilitating the lines. A Burned Area Emergency
Recovery Team will continue to assess the burn for rehabilitation options.
No homes have been destroyed.
Two Informational Reports
Sent Out By Supervisor Pat Call
| (No. 1 - 6/21/2003) Just
a quick note on the fire ...
I've just returned from the command center at the Palominas fire station
and wanted to send out an update on the fire. As of 10 minutes ago
(11pm, Saturday night), there were no structures damaged by fire.
There were some very close calls during the late afternoon but thanks to
great work by the fire crews - some of it apparently over and above the
call of duty - there has been no damage. There has been only one
report of a minor injury to one of the fire crew.
Crews were pulled off the mountain around 8pm although crews will continue
to work the roads in the canyons all night long. A Type One
crew is expected to take over the fire tomorrow evening. High
winds kept tanker planes from participating to any significant extent
throughout the day. The hope is that the winds will die down a bit
tomorrow and the tanker planes will be able to work. However, when I
left the area this evening the wind was continuing to gust very
strongly. If the winds don't change direction, homes along
Stoneridge and in Ash Canyon should be in no danger. It is
anticipated that the winds will not shift. However, if there is a
shift in direction then the danger will increase significantly.
The fire started around 11am on Saturday. It was small and didn't
look as if it would be a problem. Unfortunately, the wind picked up
and the situation changed dramatically. It is my understanding that
there was no official evacuation. Homeowners along Stoneridge were
allowed to stay in their homes; however, if they left the area, they were
not allowed back in. Highyway 92 from Hereford Road to Palominas was
closed for most of the afternoon and into the evening to all but local
residents. The closure was in response to a great number of people
driving out to see the fire.
There is no official view as of tonight as to the cause of the fire -
however, there are two theories. The first theory suggests
that the fire was started by illegals. Border Patrol sensors picked
up a large group (15 to 25 people) in the area approximately an hour
fire started. A large bundle (burned) of marijuana was subsequently
discovered. The second theory is that the fire was started by a
workman at one of the homes high on the hill. Apparently there was
some type of grinding which created a lot of sparks. That area has
been isolated and
a fire inspector will be on the scene first thing tomorrow to determine if
the workman started the fire. So, again, as of tonight there is no
The fire is still burning. My sense from the people working the fire
is that they expect to be fighting this fire hard for the next few days.
That's speculation on my part. Much will depend on the winds.
I'll stay in touch.
(No.2 - 6/23/2003) A brief follow-up on the
I attended the operations meeting this evening at Valley View school in
Palominas and have some more information that may be of interest to you.
While the fire is still burning - it is being contained. None of the
people in charge of the effort wanted to comment on exactly how
'contained' it is, though. The estimate is that a little over 1000
acres have been burned. The fire has not gone over the crest of the
mountain because of strong winds from the southwest coming up the back of
the mountain. These winds are apparently keeping the fire from going
over the crest. These same winds, however, are creating gusts and
eddies which are causing some problems.
Tomorrow an area which still has unburned fuel will be burned. This
is an effort to increase the 'black line' between the wildfire and areas
that have already been burned. If this burn is successful, it will
do much to contain the fire. This 'burn' will be relatively dramatic
in terms of smoke. Administrative personnel feel it will attract
attention because of the increase in smoke. It was my
impression that if the 'burn' is successful the fire will become a low
priority and it will
simply be a matter of time until the small hot spots have burned out. On
the other hand, presenters at the briefing were very clear on one point -
this is not a time to become complaisant.
Once again crews have been pulled off the mountain for the evening. There
will be patrols/engines roving the area throughout the night. First thing
in the morning, crews will be out cutting fire lines and increasing the
'black line'. The mountain will be a very busy place all
day tomorrow but, again, my impression is that if all the efforts are
successful tomorrow the fire will drop significantly in priority.
The cause of the fire has been determined - at least unofficially. A
worker, while grinding railings at the Lady of the Sierras, created sparks
which caught some grass on fire. The small fire quickly got away
from the workers. The fire is being called 'accidental'. It is
unknown at this point in time if there will be any liability directed
towards the contractor or the church.
The Sheriff's department and the DPS will have an increased presence
throughout the day tomorrow in the area. Only residents who live on
Stoneridge and Ash Canyon roads will be allowed to enter those areas. It
is recommended that unless you have a reason to be in the area you should
If there are significant changes to the predictions as to how tomorrow
(Monday) will go, I will be back in touch.
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