Soldier Basin Fire Update - May 20, 7 PM
Incident: Soldier Basin Fire Wildfire
Estimated Size: approximately 3,800 acres
Cause: human caused, under investigation
Resources Assigned: approximately 200 personnel including 2 helicopters, 12 engines, 2 Type 1 hotshot crews, 3 Type 2 hand crews, 7 water tenders, and miscellaneous overhead
Fire Behavior: moderate with some short uphill runs
Terrain: steep, rocky
Fuel: grass and brush (mesquite and oak)
Structures Threatened: none
Tuesday’s Weather: Variable west winds10-15 mph. Temperatures will be in the 80s to lower 90s. Relative humidity will range from 6 to 11%.
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: Today fire personnel continued line construction and line scouting. Firefighters began aerial ignitions this afternoon on the northeast flank of the fire. Firefighters ignited fire along the ridgetops that will gradually back downslope. Expect to see continued fire growth and smoke as firefighters continue aerial ignitions over the next 5-6 days, weather permitting. As the fire moves closer to prepared lines, firefighters will use hand ignition to burn along their these firelines to bring fire back to the main body of the fire to assist in containing the fire.
Smoke: Residents east and southeast of the fire will likely experience increased smoke impacts over the next few days. Smoke is likely to settle into canyons and valleys and other low-lying areas when air temperatures cool at night. 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.