Soldier Basin Fire Update - May 20, 7 AM
Incident: Soldier Basin Fire Wildfire
Location: Sierra Vista Ranger District, Coronado National Forest, 5 miles east of the Nogales Airport8
Estimated Size: approximately 2,500 acres
Cause: human caused, under investigation
Resources Assigned: approximately 200 personnel including 2 helicopters, 11 engines, 2 Type 1 hotshot crews, 3 Type 2 hand crews, 7 water tenders, and miscellaneous overhead
Fire Behavior: moderate with some short uphill
Terrain: steep, rocky
Fuel: grass and brush (mesquite and oak)
Structures Threatened: none
Monday’s Weather: West winds15-20 mph, with gusts to 35 mph. Northwest winds around 15 mph in the evening, becoming light. Temperatures will be in the 80s to lower 90s. Relative humidity 6 to 12%.
Objectives: Keep the fire south and west of Flux Canyon, west of Forest Road 49, north of the Solder Basin drainage, and east of the Coronado National Forest boundary.
Summary: Last night 1 crew, 1 water tender, and 3 engines worked until about midnight to hold the southeast flank of the fire. They were successful in corralling the fire after burning vegetation rolled down the steep terrain and burned outside the fireline. Today crews will continue scouting and preparing lines. Expect to see increased smoke and fire growth over the next few days as crews plan to conduct numerous burnout operations to help contain the fire. Fire crews will start working in shifts, to enable some crews to continue burnout operations into the evening hours. Aerial ignition may begin this afternoon if conditions are favorable.
Smoke: Residents east of the fire will likely experience increase smoke impacts over the next few days. Smoke may settle into valleys and low-lying areas when air temperatures cool at night and in the early morning hours. Warmer temperatures and light winds usually help with smoke dispersal during the day. Breathing smoke is not healthy for anyone, but some people are at greater risk, including people with heart or lung disease, children, and the elderly. If it looks smoky, you may want to limit or eliminate exercise or other outdoor activities. For additional resources, please visit http://wildlandfire.az.gov/links.asp#Smoke.