Springerville, AZ—July 31, 2018 – The Grama Fire was reported on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at 7:45 a.m. Approximately 16 miles northwest of Forest Lakes, Navajo County, Arizona on the Black Mesa Ranger District in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests. The lightning-caused Grama Fire is being managed to fulfill the natural role in the forest ecosystem. The fire is about 460 acres. Fuels consist mostly of ponderosa pine with a timber understory, Gambel oak, and pinon/juniper. Crews will be continuing with burn operations consuming the fuels on the containment lines today if weather conditions allow. The final anticipated project area for the Grama Fire is approximately 2,153 acres. Incident commander Nate Parsons’ Type 4 is assigned to this incident.
The Ranch Fire was reported on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. 11:00 a.m. Located about 25 miles south of Winslow, Coconino County, Arizona on the Black Mesa Ranger District in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests. The lightning caused fire is burning in a remote portion of the Black Mesa Ranger District in moderate to heavy brush and grass. It is approximately 1,500 acres. It is also being managed to attain the natural role of fire in the forest ecosystem. The total project area is estimated to be around 11,570 acres. A Type 3 helicopter will be providing aerial ignitions today and the crews will be undertaking prep work around the Babbitt Winter Ranch. The fire is being managed by incident commander Gary Strickland Type 3.
The Hub Point Fire was reported on July 27, 2018. It is located two miles east of Pinedale, Navajo County, Arizona on the Lakeside Ranger District in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests. It is burning in timber, brush and short grass, with moderate fire behavior. They will be holding the lines using the current road system and will be burning fuels along those roads to strengthen the containment lines. The fire manager’s strategy is to use it for multiple objectives in fostering a healthy forest. The projected acreage of the project is about 2,000 acres. Ken Owens’ Type 4 is assigned to the incident.
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