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Monday, June 6, 2011

AZ-CNF-Horseshoe 2 #Wildland Fire - 100,075 acres, 55% contained

Incident: Horseshoe Two Wildfire
Horseshoe Two wildland fire today's Update: 9:00a.m. - Northern Rockies Buying Team (Schmidt) now assigned, SWCC.

Current Situation
Total Personnel 1,001
Size 100,075 acres
Percent Contained 55%
Fuels Involved: Closed timber litter.
Fire Behavior: Active movement in areas of continuous fuels. Single and group tree torching with short runs.
Significant Events
Thomas' Great Basin IMT1 assumed command of the fire from Hughes Southwest IMT1.
Outlook / Planned Actions: Continue to prep roads and containment lines along north flank for burnout operation. Use helicopters and retardant to slow forward rate of spread until line prep can be completed. Initiated structure protection in Chiricahua National Monument and community of Whitetail. Establish trigger points for evacuation of remaining NPS personnel in Chiricahua National Monument.
Growth Potential: High
Terrain Difficulty: Extreme
Remarks: Block 16/Block 18- no change in containment due to continued burnout and line construction for control objectives. Block 25-2 privated cabins, 1 USFS bunkhouse and 2 bathrooms at Rustler Campgrouns, and Barfoot Lookout destroyed during fire run on 6/2.
Current Weather:

Wind Conditions 12 mph SE
Temperature 92 degrees
Humidity 7%

Today's Events: Firefighters continue to prepare and strengthen containment lines on the north and northwest portions of the wildfire in order to protect the community of Whitetail and the Chiricahua National Monument.

  • The goal is to safely hold the fire south of Road #356 between Pinery Canyon and Whitetail. Hot weather, afternoon winds, and dry fuels create the potential for fire movement toward those sites today. 
  • Favorable weather conditions last night allowed fire fighters to establish critical containment lines.
  • If the conditions are safe and appropriate, burn out operations may occur today. 
  • Crews continue to reduce fuels around structures in the Chiricahua National Monument and Whitetail community to protect them if the fire reaches those sites.
  • The southern portion of the fire is being monitored by engine crews and aerial observation to catch any hotspots near the fire line.
Horseshoe Two Wildfire progression/perimeter map

For fire fighter and public safety during suppression and containment of the Horseshoe 2 wildfire, the following road closures are in effect:

· The communities of Whitetail and Paradise remain evacuated.
· Forest Road 42B is closed west of Portal.
· Forest Road 42 is closed at the junction of Herb Martyr Road.
· Pinery Canyon Road (Forest Road 42) is closed at the west forest boundary.
· Paradise Road is closed at the junction of Foothills Road and Nolan Road.
· Chiricahua National Monument remains closed to the public until further notice.

Ongoing Efforts:
Efforts continue to protect populated areas and to reduce fire intensity in critical habitat. Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) assessment teams are evaluating burned areas in order to recommend and implement treatments to begin rehabilitation of areas affected by the fire.
HorseShoe 2 Wildland Fire Facts and Information:
Incident Commander: Jim Thomas
Rocky Basin 2 Incident Management Team
Fire Information: 575-557-8596

Injuries to Date: 7
Cost to Date: $27,866,144
Date started: May 08th, 2011 approx. 11:00 AM.
Estimated Containment Date: Wednesday June 22nd, 2011 approx. 12:00 AM
Location: Portal, Arizona. - T28S R31e sect 32, Near Portal, AZ; Approx 2 miles west of Rodeo, NM
Estimated Containment: June 22, 2011
Cause: Human, Under Investigation
Number of Personnel: 1,001Crews: 12 Type 1 and 13 Type 2
Engines: 38 Dozers: 2
Water Tenders: 25
Helicopters: 4 Type 1, 1 Type 2 and 2 Type 3
Information on Post-Fire Preparedness:
Cochise County Emergency Management
Mike Evans (520) 432-922
Hidalgo County Emergency Management
Janet Richardson (575) 542-9993
205 N. Judd Drive, Bisbee, AZ 85603
Lordsburg, NM 88045

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****REMINDER**** Every fire has the ability to be catastrophic. The wildland fire management environment has profoundly changed. Growing numbers of communities, across the nation, are experiencing longer fire seasons; more frequent, bigger, and more severe, fires are a real threat. Be careful with all campfires and equipment.
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