Update – Deer Fire on the Alpine Ranger District

May 31, 2019 9:00 

Discovered:  May 28, 2019

Location: Alpine Ranger District of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest – Approximately 8 miles south/southeast of Alpine

Size: 150 acres                                                                            

Percent Containment: 0%

Cause: Natural (Lightning)

Personnel Assigned: 15

Incident Commander: Matthew Bustamante

Vegetation: Ponderosa Pine with a heavy dead and down component left behind by the 2011 Wallow Fire.

On Tuesday, May 28, 2019, Fire Managers received a report of smoke in the vicinity of Campbell Blue drainage west of Luce Ranch. Due to safety concerns from the overabundance of snags from the 2011 Wallow fire, as well as steep slopes, this naturally occurring low intensity fire is currently being monitored by both onsite crews, as well as air resources. The lightening caused fire will continue the consumption of unburned fuels, with growth in all directions.

Fire crews will focus on protection of Luce Ranch, powerlines, and monitoring perimeter growth.

The Deer Fire may be visible from Arizona State Highway 191, south of Alpine and in the vicinity of Campbell Blue. Motorists are asked to be aware of fire crews and drive carefully through the area.

Light smoke may continue to impact Campbell Blue and the Blue community. Individuals sensitive to smoke can learn how to help protect their health by visiting the Coconino County Public Health Services District website at: http://bit.ly/SmokeHealthAwareness

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