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Re: Monster Arizona Wildfire Still Growing.. [Re: Az4x4] #148319 06/25/20 05:50 PM
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Latest report has fire containment at 86%. Fire crews are shooting for full containment and mopping up ASAP. Here's hoping they make it happen. Winds have picked up a bit today, so vigilance on the fire line is essential..


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Re: Monster Arizona Wildfire Still Growing.. [Re: Az4x4] #148322 06/25/20 07:41 PM
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George - Glad they are making significant progress on putting this fire out. Never comforting to see things like the pictures you posted. Human caused fires are especially frustrating since all of them can be avoided. Hope the weather cooperates for the fire crews.


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Re: Monster Arizona Wildfire Still Growing.. [Re: Muniac] #148323 06/25/20 08:23 PM
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Scott: With the hot spots that will need attention when the fire is fully contained, it'll only really be 'out' once the monsoon rains move in - which we're waiting for with held breath.

Heber/Overgaard's hugely popular 4th of July parade, fireworks spectacular and weekend festivities have been called off this year due to extreme fire danger. Looks more and more like the Forest Service will have to close the forest to campers again this year, even though AZ-87 was reopened to traffic a couple of days ago. It's just too dangerous as dry and hot as it is to have people camping remotely in the woods.

Even though fires of any kind have been prohibited up here for many weeks, all it takes is some idiot building an illegal campfire that gets away from him or her - and we're facing a Bush Fire x10 right in our back yard.

The massive Rodeo/Chedeski fire, started by two extremely thoughtless people in two different places, roared all across the Rim becoming Arizona's 2nd largest fire ever some 18 years ago. The scars left behind by that inferno are with us to this day.

Lessons hopefully learned and not wasted on the Forest Service powers that be right now..



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Re: Monster Arizona Wildfire Still Growing.. [Re: Az4x4] #148328 06/26/20 05:05 PM
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Very sad/dangerous with idiots, matches and firewood. Same in Ouray with fireworks cancelled. Mostly for hysteria with CV-19, however.

We had a fire ban here last season. Jeannie and I caught people with fires anyway in two places. Told them to put out their f*cking fires immediately. Signs everywhere indicating ALL FIRES BANNED!! Front range brats and other self centered idiots do this. If a fire were to start up there, mining history would get burned up. It gets more stupid. People wandering through the woods trying to find the truth in life build camp fires on the wooden floors of some of the old mining buildings. We've lost a few to these idiots.

You probably remember the Crown King fire that was started by a couple of lost hikers building a signal fire?? This incinerated lots of land, houses and killed two fire fighters if I recall. It's been years since I was up there. I recall a memorial up there for the fire fighters and seeing zillions of ruined trees on scorched earth. Very sad.

As we see more and more civil unrest I hope that doesn't start to include arson attacks in the back country. Anything to burn down and/or tax the economy. Some sick people out there for sure.


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Re: Monster Arizona Wildfire Still Growing.. [Re: Az4x4] #148355 06/30/20 03:30 PM
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As of yesterday firefighters continued patrolling on the Bush Fire, monitoring for hot spots and keeping things in check. From nearly a thousand working the fire at its most aggressive point, that number is now 120.

Just shy of 200,000 acres have burned, and containment is said to be 98%. Yesterday's high winds saw a Red Flag warning in effect, however fire containment was secure and activity on the interior of the fire was reported as minimal.

Until the fire area receives monsoon moisture firefighters will continue to monitor and patrol the fire’s perimeter. Most of the men and equipment initially assigned to the Bush Fire have been moved to support fire suppression efforts elsewhere across the state. These dedicated wildland fire crews remain continually available to work new fires wherever they may occur.


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Re: Monster Arizona Wildfire Still Growing.. [Re: Az4x4] #148367 07/02/20 12:27 AM
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Final status report as of today looks good. 20 firefighters remain on the scene with fire activity limited to smoke and a few hot spots that are being actively suppressed. Roads and highways in or near the fire area have been reopened.

One interesting outcome of the fire was when a number of firefighters that had been sent north to Payson a couple of days ago observed a blaze that had just started southeast of Payson and pulled off to fight it before it grew larger. They called in help and an aerial tanker responded. Between the efforts of the firefighters on scene and the tanker dropping water on the flames the fire was contained after burning just 6 acres. Had the firefighters not been where they were, traveling north on AZ-87 into Payson, seeing the fire blaze up and jumping in to knock it down before it took off to the north through rugged country headed into Payson and Star Valley the results could have been disastrous.

No report on what started the fire, but as dry and windy as it was the immediate intervention of that group of firefighters enabled Payson, Star Valley and points north to literally (and fortunately) dodge a bullet headed their way.


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Re: Monster Arizona Wildfire Still Growing.. [Re: Az4x4] #148370 07/02/20 11:38 AM
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Glad they've gotten it knocked down. Very fortunate they were able to see that small fire and get it extinguished.

In opposite land, we've had torrential rains here on/off for the last week. We got 4" of rain in an hour a few days ago. There's been some flash flooding in the usual spots, but nothing too bad. Now it seems we're headed back into the normal summer forecast... hot, humid, with a chance of thunderstorms every day.


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Re: Monster Arizona Wildfire Still Growing.. [Re: Az4x4] #148383 07/03/20 02:34 PM
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We had a lighting strike across the valley about 4 years ago. Set the woods on fire instantly. They got right on this with two helicopters and water tanks. Watched with binoculars and it was interesting to see how efficiently they worked. Fire was out in about 20 minutes with just 12 acres burned. That's a small area for a fire out here. No structures burned.

We're in our monsoon season here now. Which by your standards (peejman) is probably a joke. We do get periods of really heavy rain and large hail. The water gets concentrated by drainage chutes in the mountains and can wash out large sections of roads, create mud slides, rock slides and move tons of earth around.

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George - Glad your're OK and the fire is under control. No fun dealing with that kind of stress.


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Re: Monster Arizona Wildfire Still Growing.. [Re: Az4x4] #148397 07/04/20 07:53 PM
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The monsoon season is knocking at our door here as well. Just beginning to flare up. A nice little rain yesterday while I was working on oil changes in our vehicles. This morning it was chilly as we were out walking, with 'severe clear' skies. Thought the day would be more of the same, but this afternoon heavy clouds are moving in with sprinkles starting and distant thunder rolling. Yea! Bring it on!! The more the merrier!!!..


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Re: Monster Arizona Wildfire Still Growing.. [Re: Az4x4] #148402 Yesterday at 03:24 PM
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We've been seeing afternoon showers and a few claps of thunder. Periods of heavy isolated rain up in the mountains. 55F early this morning and now 75F @ 9:30a. We'll probably see high 80s today. Ground is nicely wet now and little dust on our road. Water is good less flash flooding and damaging hail.


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