Local ranger district assumes control of Pinal Fire

Globe — On Saturday morning, command of the Pinal Fire was transferred from a Type 3 Incident Command Team to the Globe Ranger District.

As of Friday morning, the lightning-caused fire covered 7,193 acres and was 95 percent contained. Firefighters will continue to patrol the fire line and mop-up hotspots in areas that could threaten the perimeter.

In addition, preliminary Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) work has begun and will continue. Post-fire conditions are being assessed to determine the risk of flooding, primarily in downstream portions of the Kellner and Icehouse canyon drainages. The Six Shooter Canyon and Russell Gulch drainages could experience flooding as well.

The Gila County Office of Emergency Management will lead an effort by representatives from multiple agencies and organizations in a unified command structure to address the complex task of preparing for the risk to residents and private/public infrastructure in these drainages. Officials plan to have public meetings to address this risk and to inform property owners of what to expect and how to prepare.

Residents can call the Gila County Office of Emergency Management with any questions at 928-402-8789. You can also find more information by searching “Gila County Health and Emergency Management” on Facebook or by visiting the Gila County website at http://co.gila.az.us/government/health_and_emergency_services/index.php.

The forecast is for hot, dry weather for the near future. Fuel moisture remains critically low. Expect to see smoke and possible flames within the fire’s perimeter until the area receives significant moisture. Area and road closures and fire restrictions remain in effect. The Tonto National Forest Pinal Fire Closure and Fire Restrictions information are available on the Tonto National Forest webpage, https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/tonto.

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