Soldier Basin Fire Update - May 23, 2013 5 PM
Incident: Soldier Basin Fire Wildfire
Location: Sierra Vista Ranger District, Coronado National Forest, 5 miles east of the Nogales Airport
Estimated Size: approximately10,775 acres
Cause: human caused, under investigation
Resources Assigned: approximately 210 personnel including 3 helicopters, 11 engines, 2 Type 1 hotshot crews, 4 Type 2 hand crews, 6 water tenders, and miscellaneous overhead
Fire Behavior: moderate with some uphill runs
Terrain: steep, rocky
Fuel: grass and brush (mesquite and oak)
Structures Threatened: none presently
Friday’s Weather Forecast: Variable southwest winds 10-25 mph. Temperatures will be in the upper 70s to low 90s. Relative humidity will range from 3 to 14%.
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: Thursday firefighters completed blackline around the perimeter of the fire. They also completed aerial ignitions of interior islands of unburned fuel. On Friday firefighters will continue to mop-up along the perimeter. Many personnel and equipment will be demobilized on Friday. Some interior fire activity and smoke within the blackline will continue to be visible until extinguished by significant precipitation.
Temporary Closure: A portion of the Sierra Vista Ranger District, Coronado National Forest, will be temporarily closed in the vicinity of the Soldier Basin Fire. The following are prohibited: Entering or using Soldier Basin Area north to Flux Canyon, as shown on the attached map (http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/maps/3389/). 2, Being on Forest Service Road (FSR) 4681, FSR 4698, FSR 4659, FSR 235, FSR 215, FSR 812, and/or FSR 49 and routes therein as shown on the attached map (http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/maps/3389/). The area is temporarily closed to allow for public safety in the Soldier Basin area north to Flux Canyon during emergency fire suppression operations. The area will remain closed until May 31, 2013 or until the order is rescinded, whichever is earlier. Any violation of these prohibitions is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000.00 for individuals, $10,000.00 for organizations and/or imprisonment for not more than six months.
Smoke: Residents east 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.