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2018 Fire Season

Post by outdoor_lover » Feb 10 2018 8:14 pm

And so it begins... in February....

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5682/
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Re: 2018 Fire Season

Post by skatchkins » Jun 11 2018 9:38 am

Colorado: "Durango, CO - In an extreme move due to continuing fire danger, the U.S. Forest Service plans to close the entire San Juan National Forest to most public entry starting on Tuesday."
https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/sanjuan/ ... EPRD583149
http://www.westernslopenow.com/news/loc ... 1230848678
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Re: 2018 Fire Season

Post by friendofThundergod » Jun 11 2018 10:20 am

@skatchkins Just read that myself, kind of a bummer was heading there next week...the summer of discontent in the SW continues...sigh

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Post by chumley » Jun 11 2018 10:33 am

It's still a long way out to be reliable, but the early forecast includes some rain that could prove extremely beneficial to reducing the extreme fire danger, especially next Sunday and Monday.
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Re: 2018 Fire Season

Post by Jim_H » Jun 11 2018 10:59 am

Head to Utah! Lots of great country up there, some of it very similar to Colorado.
Nothing more enjoyable than a good hike out of town.

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Re: 2018 Fire Season

Post by skatchkins » Jun 13 2018 4:23 pm

Not on inci yet, but Adot reporting a growing wildfire N of Clint's Well off the 87 and a brush fire requiring closure of a stretch of the 89A near Cottonwood.
https://tinyurl.com/yd4szu6g
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Re: 2018 Fire Season

Post by SuperstitionGuy » Jun 13 2018 5:46 pm

Drove I40 from New Mexico yesterday and overheard the following conversation at a gas stop. "If it gets any dryer the Petrified Forest will become off limits as well." :doh:
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Re: 2018 Fire Season

Post by Grasshopper » Jun 14 2018 1:32 pm

skatchkins wrote:
Jun 13 2018 4:23 pm
Not on inci yet, but Adot reporting a growing wildfire N of Clint's Well off the 87..
The "Tank Fire" - Location Map as of 6-13-18
Tank Fire at 6-13-18.Map.jpg
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Re: 2018 Fire Season

Post by Grasshopper » Jun 15 2018 11:34 am

Grasshopper wrote:
Jun 14 2018 1:32 pm
skatchkins wrote:
Jun 13 2018 4:23 pm
Not on inci yet, but Adot reporting a growing wildfire N of Clint's Well off the 87..
The "Tank Fire" - Location Map as of 6-13-18
Tank Fire at 6-13-18.Map.jpg
Status of the "Tank Fire" as of 6/15/18am:
"The Tank fire is 176 acres and is 75% contained. The Tinder Fire was declared controlled at 7:00 am.
Also, an update on the other 5 lightning fires that started on the 13th:
Blaze – 4 ½ acres – Contained
Lost Eden – 1/10th of an acre – Contained
Blue Ridge – ½ acre – Controlled
Miller – 1/10th of an acre – Contained
Montana – 1 acre – Contained"
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Re: 2018 Fire Season

Post by pixelfrog » Jun 15 2018 2:02 pm

So what if anything is open in the high country? I did check the closure maps and it looks like a majority of the forests up north are closed. Would love to get up north for a hike this weekend but not even sure if it's worth going.

It looked like up until recently the area around Young was open but that now looks closed too.

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Post by CannondaleKid » Jun 15 2018 2:22 pm

@pixelfrog
Sierra Ancha :-$
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Post by pixelfrog » Jun 15 2018 2:35 pm

@CannondaleKid are you sure? I looked and that appeared closed too. Let me check again.

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Re: 2018 Fire Season

Post by hikeaz » Jun 15 2018 2:35 pm

pixelfrog wrote:So what if anything is open in the high country
West side of 87 north of 260.
FR3/Lake Mary Road both sides north of 87. (Tank fire may impede travel on some roads to the east)
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Re: 2018 Fire Season

Post by pixelfrog » Jun 15 2018 2:40 pm

This site says the Anchas or at least part are closed. I guess I would trust the Tonto NF website more though.

https://firerestrictions.us/az/az-usfs/ ... -district/

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Re: 2018 Fire Season

Post by pixelfrog » Jun 15 2018 2:41 pm

@hikeaz it scares me to go down into the WCC. Even driving through those areas when it's this dry freaks me out. Maybe I'll just wait for the rains. :(
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Re: 2018 Fire Season

Post by hikeaz » Jun 15 2018 2:44 pm

https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/tonto/al ... ?aid=46630

The southern boundary of the closure will start at the Fossil Creek Trailhead and head southeasterly along the powerline corridor to Arizona State Highway 87 into Payson and then follow Arizona State Highway 260 east from Payson, along National Forest System Road (NFSR) 405 (Bear Flat Road) and NFSR 405A to the National Forest System Trail 178 (Bear Flat Trail) east along Haigler Creek to the White Mountain Apache Reservation.
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Re: 2018 Fire Season

Post by hikeaz » Jun 15 2018 2:49 pm

pixelfrog wrote:
Jun 15 2018 2:41 pm
@hikeaz it scares me to go down into the WCC. Even driving through those areas when it's this dry freaks me out. Maybe I'll just wait for the rains. :(
"Rain starting in 66 minutes"..... https://www.accuweather.com/en/us/clint ... st/2133997
https://www.accuweather.com/en/us/clint ... st/2133997
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Re: 2018 Fire Season

Post by chumley » Jun 15 2018 3:55 pm

hikeaz wrote:Rain starting in 66 minutes
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Post by CannondaleKid » Jun 15 2018 4:24 pm

pixelfrog wrote:This site says the Anchas or at least part are closed. I guess I would trust the Tonto NF website more though.
https://firerestrictions.us/az/az-usfs/ ... -district/
Note: The AREA shown on the map at the above link is just the part of Tonto administrated by the Pleasant Valley District!
If you READ the text next to the the red square (denoting closure) you will see it does not include the Sierra Ancha.

Yes, by all means trust the agency responsible for the area, Tonto National Forest. Here's the latest update PDF:
https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DO ... 583462.pdf
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Re: 2018 Fire Season

Post by DixieFlyer » Jun 16 2018 8:28 am

Hopefully there will be a few inches of rain in Flagstaff this weekend -- it would be nice to be able to go hiking there on some of the trails that are currently closed!

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