Morning Update 6-30-2013
Incident: W 2 Fire Wildfire
TUCSON, AZ (June 30, 2013 update) – Fire crews responded to a reported wildfire at about 3 PM Friday afternoon along the Mexico/United States border. The fire, named the W- 2 fire, was burning about 7 miles west of Lochiel, Arizona in oak grassland and brush. A local area rancher reported sighting the smoke. Its origin is likely human caused, as no lightning occurred in the area recently but its exact cause has not been determined as yet.
By evening Saturday, the fire had grown to an estimated 530 acres. Six hand crews, 2 helicopters dropping water, two engines, two single engine air tankers, and a heavy air tanker were battling the blaze. A total of 160 fire fighters are assigned. Overnight Saturday crews conducted burnouts along the western flank to insure that side of the fire will not be able to grow.
Plans for Sunday will be to construct additional fire line and conduct supplemental burn outs as needed in advance of the fire after the peak midday burning period. These burn outs are conducted during cooler times of the day and night when temperatures are less extreme and humidity is higher. This strategy uses the fact that burnout fires burn with less intensity, allowing perennial vegetation to survive the fires effects. When the main fire runs into the burned out area, fuel has already been consumed causing the fire to stall.
No structures are currently threatened