Gilbert's Emergency Management program is responsible to reduce our vulnerabilities to hazards and build an efficient capacity to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from large scale emergencies and disasters; for the purpose of saving lives and preventing property damage. We utilize a whole community approach and seek to promote a safer less vulnerable community.
- Additional Assets Arrive to Support Springs Fire Objectives07/27/2015 5:50 PM
Yesterday on the lightning-caused Springs Fire, fire managers completed burn out operations near Forest Road 57, just to the south of Summit Mountain, to protect private lands and meet fire objectives. Additionally, a Wildland Fire Module (WFM) consisting of 11 firefighters from the Huron-Manistee National Forest arrived. WFM’s are completely self-sufficient; traveling and carrying all necessary equipment to assist with wildfires.
- Forest Managing Echo Fire Burning Near Turkey Butte07/27/2015 11:22 AM
Fire managers on the Coconino National Forest are utilizing a lightning-caused wildfire, located approximately 10 miles northwest of Sedona, near Turkey Butte, to achieve multiple objectives.
The Echo Fire is burning at a low intensity, consuming dead forest branches, logs, leaves and pine needles. The fire is producing minimal smoke. However, it may become more active throughout the next week and grow in size, as it will be managed by the Forest Service to allow the fire to fulfill its natural role in the ecosystem.
- High Meadow Fire Burning on Arizona Strip07/27/2015 9:43 AM
The lightning-caused High Meadow Fire is located approximately 55 miles southeast of St. George, Utah. It is burning on the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument portion of the BLM Arizona Strip near Mt. Trumbull and Potato Valley.
High Meadow wildfire is being managed to achieve both protection and resource objectives. These objectives include:
- Springs Fire continues to meet Management Objectives07/25/2015 9:48 AM
The lightning-caused Springs Fire continues to meet fire management objectives, allowing natural fire to play its part in the ecosystem, improving both wildlife habitat and overall forest health. Crews are monitoring growth and evaluating the need for actions to keep the fire at a low to moderate intensity. The potential for continued growth depends on a variety of factors to include weather conditions, potential fuel continuity and winds.
Springs Fire Overview
- Springs Fire Expected to Grow Despite Recent Precipitation07/23/2015 12:25 PM
The Springs Fire on the Williams Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest has slowly continued to grow to 240 acres, despite recent precipitation. The wildfire, which was started by lightning July 2, is located 9 miles southeast of Williams near Davenport Knoll, just west of Summit Mountain.
- Mason Fire Reaches Final Size of 4,370 Acres07/21/2015 2:50 PM
The Mason Fire on the Tusayan Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest has been contained after growing to 4,370 acres and providing multiple resource benefits since it started a few weeks ago.
- Rains Diminish High Meadow Fire on Arizona Strip07/21/2015 1:24 PM
On July 15, 2015 fire staff from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Arizona Strip District responded to a smoke report near Mt. Trumbull and Potato Valley on the BLM Arizona Strip. The lightning-caused High Meadow Fire is located approximately 55 miles southeast of St. George, Utah. The fire is 208 acres in size and is in the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument portion of the BLM Arizona Strip.
- Springs Fire Receives Surge of Moisture from Hurricane Dolores07/19/2015 12:24 PM
The Springs Fire on the Williams Ranger District grew to 234 acres, providing ecological and other resource benefits on the Kaibab National Forest. It is located 9 miles south of Williams east of Davenport Knoll and 2 miles south of Summit Mountain on the east side of County Road 73.
The lightning caused wildfire is being managed to improve forest health, allow fire to play its natural role as a disturbance factor in the ecosystem, enhance wildlife habitat and reduce the potential for future high- intensity fires.
- Fire Officials Continue Progress on Camp Fire07/18/2015 12:09 PM
The Camp Fire is located in the Cave Creek Ranger District of the Tonto National Forest. The Camp Fire is 50 % contained and remains at approximately 650 acres. The fire is anticipated to be 80% contained by 6:00 p.m. tonight. The fire burned east and north of Bronco Trailhead.
Geronimo Hotshots from San Carlos Agency, San Carlos, Az., and two Tonto National Forest Type 3 engines remain onsite. All other resources have been reassigned to other fires.
The fire’s cause is still under investigation and public access to the area remains open.
- Burnt Complex Update; Fire Behavior Continues as Expected 07/18/2015 5:52 AM
The Burnt Complex on the North Kaibab Ranger District increased in size yesterday reaching 1,135 acres and continues to burn at a low-intensity and pace. Yesterday’s current growth rate was one-quarter to one-half a chain per hour, a unit of measurement used in wildland firefighting. Lengths are noted by numbers of chains, and a chain equals 66 feet.
“The fire is behaving exactly the way we want it to,” said Incident Commander Dave Veater. Saturday’s operational plan is to monitor the interior of the planning area, and continue to hold and patrol the perimeter.