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Official Agency Press Releases and/or Restriction and Closure Orders for Arizona


Date: June 26, 2015
Camillo Fire Closure Coconino NF Flagstaff and Mogollon Ranger Districts
The order applies to National Forest System lands, roads, and trails within the vicinity of the Little Mormon Mountain and
Hutch Mountain beginning at Forest Highway 3 east along FR 125 to FR 9720 /9494H south to FR 124D, the closure area
includes forest land west of the High Voltage power line, it then heads east along FR 124 D to FR 82 where it proceeds
south.. The boundary then ties into FR 653 where it heads south to tie into FR 135. It then continues west on FR 135 to
Forest Highway 3 then north along FH3 to tie back into FR 125. This closure includes Little Mormon Mountain trails, Hutch
Mountain trails and Hutch Mtn. lookout, and portions of the Arizona trail.




Date: June 8, 2015
Fire Restrictions Begin on Tonto National Forest, Friday, June 5
Fire Restrictions Begin on Tonto National Forest, Friday, June 5

Target shooting is prohibited while fire restrictions are in place, fireworks and explosives are prohibited year-round

Release Date: Jun 3, 2015

PHOENIX, June 2, 2015—For Immediate Release. Drought conditions, hot temperatures, and increased fire danger have resulted in fire restrictions for the Tonto National Forest beginning at 8 a.m., Friday, June 5, 2015.

Most types of fire or fire-causing activities are prohibited across the entire Tonto National Forest.

Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or charcoal-burning device is prohibited outside of metal fire rings and metal pedestal grills provided by the Forest Service in developed recreation sites (see attached list). The use of petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns, and heating devices are allowed.

Restrictions also apply to operating internal combustion power tools, using welding equipment or torches with open flames, operating combustion engines without spark-arresting devices in effective working order and meeting either USDA or SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) standards.

Discharging a firearm except for taking game in accordance with Arizona hunting laws.

Smoking is prohibited except within an enclosed vehicle or building, or a developed recreation site. Please deposit the remains an ashtray or inside a building. Do not toss or discard on the ground.

“As temperatures reach the 100 degree mark, the abundant grass crop the desert received because of winter rains dry out raising the fire danger to high” said Acting Tonto National Forest Fire Staff Bill Crolly. “These precautionary measures help prevent human-caused wildfires, preventing unnecessary exposure to firefighters.”

“We are reminding the public that fireworks and the use of exploding targets are always prohibited on the Forest,” emphasized Crolly.

Violation of these fire restrictions is punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 and imprisonment for up to six months.

For more information regarding forest recreation sites and fire restrictions, please contact the Tonto National Forest at (602) 225-5200, or check online at www.fs.usda.gov/tonto



Date: June 8, 2015
Temporary road and trail closures in Peloncillo Mountains
Temporary road and trail closures in Peloncillo Mountains
Closures for public safety during fire operations

Tucson, AZ (June 6, 2015) - For Immediate Release. The Douglas Ranger District, Coronado National Forest, is temporarily closing some roads and trails in the Peloncillo Mountains in Cochise County, Arizona and Hidalgo County, New Mexico during operations on the Guadalupe Fire. The closures are in place to provide for public safety while the incident is being managed.

The following are prohibited:
Entering or using National Forest Service Roads and Trails within the Peloncillo Mountains during fire suppression operations areas. 36 CFR 261.54(e) and 36 CFR 261.55(a).

Being on the following Forest Service Roads (NFSR): NFSR 63, also known as Geronimo Trail Road, NFSR 4327, NFSR 4337, NFSR 4336, NFSR 4345, NFSR 4326A, NFSR 4325, NFSR 4334, NFSR 4335A, NFSR 4342, NFSR 4347, NFSR 708, NFSR 4326, NFSR 4335, NFSR 4340, NFSR 4324, NFSR 707, NFSR 4324, NFSR 4339, NFSR 4333, NFSR 4310, NFSR 707 and being on the following Forest Service Trails (NFST): NFST 373, NFST 375, NFST 376, NFST 380, NFST 465, NFST 465A, and NFST 378. 36 CFR 261.54(e) and 36 CFR 261.55(a).

The area is described as Geronimo Trail Road (Forest Service Road 63) being closed at the intersection of Forest Service Road 4342 in Cochise County, Arizona, entering the Coronado National Forest and Geronimo Trail Road (Forest Service Road 63) being closed at the intersection of Hidalgo County road C001 in Hidalgo County, New Mexico, entering the Coronado National Forest.

The closure includes seven (7) Forest Service Trails.

Persons with a Forest Service permit specifically authorizing the aforementioned prohibitions are exempted from the closure. Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty is also exempt.

Any violation of these prohibitions is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000.00 for individuals and $10,000.00 for organizations and/or imprisonment for not more than six (6) months.

For further information please contact the Douglas Ranger District Office at (520) 364-3468 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays.



Date: June 4, 2015
GUADALUPE (ARIZONA) FIRE UPDATE
GUADALUPE FIRE UPDATE
June 3, 2015; 4:30 p.m.

Location:

§ Douglas Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest

§ Hidalgo County, New Mexico

§ Approximately 30 miles east of Douglas, AZ

Start Date: June 2, 2015, reported at approximately 10:00 a.m.

Size: approximately 2,112 acres Percent Contained: 0

Cause: under investigation

Vegetation: grass and brush Growth Potential: moderate

Summary: The Guadalupe Fire was reported Tuesday morning at approximately 10:00 a.m. Two assigned fire crews are establishing and identifying check line barriers around the fire and monitoring its movement while watching for spot fires. The fire is burning in very rough country dominated by grass and brush. Fire activity increases at mid-day along with daily winds, moving the fire both north and south of Guadalupe Peak.

Fire suppression is being undertaken at this time. Suppression objectives include protecting nearby structures and point protection of cultural and wildlife habitat resources and other values at risk as needed. Public and firefighter safety is the number one priority and the fire manager’s strategy continues to be to contain the fire at defensible terrain features.

Two additional crews are on order and should be arriving in the next 24 hours.

Local partners including local agencies, area ranchers, and the Malpai Borderlands Group are cooperating to identify resources at risk and to aid in identification of defensible terrain features and private land concerns.

The fire is being managed locally under a Type 3 Incident Command System organization.

Structures Threatened: Several ranch buildings are located approximately two to three miles southeast of the fire.

Resources Assigned:

§ Firefighters: Two crews assigned (one hotshot team and one Type 2 initial attack crew) and two more crews ordered.

§ Engines: two

§ Two type 3 helicopters

§ Miscellaneous Overhead

§ Approximately 85 fire fighters currently assigned

MODIS Fire Detection Satellite Data: A map of current MODIS Fire Detections is available at http://activefiremaps.fs.fed.us/current.php

MODIS fire detection data representing heat sensed by satellite is updated several times throughout the day, providing near real-time information. Each 1 km MODIS fire detection is depicted as a point representing the centroid of the 1 km pixel where the fire is detected. They are categorized by time of detection; last 6, 12 and 24 hours, and all detections previous within the last 24 hour period. The MODIS data represents heat, but sometimes can be misleading as it may pick up heat from a smoke column, etc. outside the fire’s perimeter. However it can help provide a sense of where the fire is most active throughout the day.

MODIS Fire Detection data is also available in Google Earth: http://activefiremaps.fs.fed.us/googleearth.php. You need to have Google Earth open on your computer before opening layers. To install Google Earth visit http://google.com/earth.

To View Wildfire Data in Google Earth on an iPhone or iPad: Use the Safari Browser to go to http://activefiremaps.fs.fed.us/googleearth.php, then click on the KML file you want to view, and select Open in Google Earth.

Fire Information: For further information on this incident please visit http://inciweb.nwcg.gov. Updates will also be available on @CoronadoNF_Fire and https://www.facebook.com/CoronadoNF.

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06-26-15
Camillo Fire Closure Coconino NF Flagstaff and Mogollon Ranger Districts
06-08-15
Fire Restrictions Begin on Tonto National Forest, Friday, June 5
06-08-15
Temporary road and trail closures in Peloncillo Mountains
06-04-15
GUADALUPE (ARIZONA) FIRE UPDATE




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