Updates on Elk and Baldwin Fires

07/28/16 11:45 am

Elk Fire Update
July 28, 2016
9:00 a.m.

Location:
 Lakeside Ranger District
 4 miles northeast of Pinetop
 T9N R24E Section 18

Discovery Date: July 21, 2016
Size: Approximately 1300 acres in size in light to medium fuels Percent Contained: 0%
Cause: Lightning
Resources Assigned: four Type 3 Engines
Summary: The Elk fire is burning southwest of Turkey Mountain on the Lakeside Ranger District and smoke may be visible from the communities of Pinetop-Lakeside and Show Low, as well as State Highway 260 and U.S. Highway 60. Fire managers are managing this fire for potential benefit to the landscape. The district has received lightning across the district with varying amounts of precipitation over the last few days.

Baldwin Fire Update
July 28, 2016 at 9:00 a.m.
Location:
 Black Mesa Ranger District
 4-5 miles south of Heber-Overgaard
Discovery Date: July 19, 2016
Size: Approximately 600 acres Percent Contained: 10%
Location: Perimeter of fire is bound by FR 50, 50A, 166, 487 Cause: Lightning
Resources Assigned: Two Type 2 Engines
Summary: The Baldwin Fire is not a threat to the communities of Heber and Overgaard. Crews are blacklining around the perimeter of the fire as weather permits. Due to this activity, increased smoke may be visible from the community at times, and smoke may drift into Heber, Overgaard, Forest Lakes, Highway 260 and surrounding areas throughout the weekend. Fire is burning in the Rodeo/Chediski burn area. Black line operations were completed yesterday and fire managers are monitoring the fire to use it for potential benefit to the landscape.

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Elk Fire Producing Smoke Affecting White Mountain Communities

7/27/16 3:21 PM
Smoke from the Elk Fire is heavy in Pinetop, Porter Mountain and Sky High Retreat. It is visible all the way in Pinedale, Linden, and Snowflake. For citizens with health or respiratory issues please follow normal safety procedures, limit your activities, stay inside, use your AC if available, close windows and doors and do not vent outside air into your homes.
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Elk and Baldwin Fires Update Wednesday 7/27/16

7/27/16 11:48 am
Fire officials on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests are managing two lightning-caused fires called the “Baldwin” and “Elk” fires. Both fires are being allowed to move within a predetermined planning area for the purpose of reducing hazardous fuel accumulations and restoring overall forest health.
The Elk Fire is northeast of Pinetop, approximately 685 acres, and smoke has been present in Pinetop, Lakeside, Show Low, Porter Mountain and Sky High. Map is attached.
The Baldwin Fire is south of Heber-Overgaard, approximately 450 acres, and smoke has sometimes been visible in Heber and Overgaard.
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7/27/16 11:33 am
The Baldwin Fire on the Black Mesa RD is approximately 400 acres about 3 miles south of Heber-Overgaard. Smoke may be visible in Heber & Overgaard. The Elk Fire on the Lakeside RD is approximately 685 acres in the area northeast of Pinetop and smoke has been visible in the afternoons & evenings in the area of Porter Mountain, Pinetop, Lakeside & Show Low.
Smoke is also coming from lightning-caused fires on the Fort Apache Reservation

7/26/16 – 11:00 – The Elk Fire is approximately 450 acres and is burning southwest of Turkey Mountain on the Lakeside Ranger District and smoke may be visible from the communities of Pinetop-Lakeside and Show Low, as well as State Highway 260 and U.S. Highway 60. Fire managers will monitor the fire for potential benefit to the landscape.

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