Cave Creek Complex Fire 'At-A-Glance' Update

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Last updated Monday, July 4, 2005. Some update information is still pending from the Forest Service.

South Zone - Burnout along the New River was completed Sunday night. Crews, with air support, are cold trailing and expunging remaining heat near control lines. Rehab of control lines and safety zones is in process and on July 5, a Type 2 to resume command.

New - Dugas Road at I-17, forest road #68 and #68G is closed until further notice.

The entire Cave Creek Ranger District is closed except for Bartlett Lake area and the Mazatzal Wilderness area.

The Agua Fria National Monument is also closed for public safety.

Cave Creek Complex Fire Statistics:

North Zone Containment: 30 percent

South Zone Containment: 75 percent

Expected Full Containment: Unknown

Total Acres: 243,800

Start Date: June 21, 2005; 4:45 p.m.

Cause: Lightning

Location: 5 miles northeast of Carefree, Ariz. and 20 miles southwest of Pine/Strawberry

Threatened Resources: Cave Creek, Seven Springs and Lime Creek riparian areas. T & E species including Gila top-minnow, willow flycatcher, bald eagle and razorback sucker. Archeological resources. Larry Canyon is an important riparian habitat for nesting Mexican blackhawk and occupied habitat for Gila chub. It is also a portion of the Perry Mesa historic register site

Terrain: Rough, heavily broken terrain with steep slopes, extremely flashy fuels, and poor access

Cost: $12,182,822

Total Personnel: 1420

Crews: 38

Equipment: 73 engines; 8 dozers

Air Support: Helicopters: 4 Type 3; 4 Type 2 ; 4 Type 1

Damage: 11 residences, 3 out buildings in Camp Creek

Closures: Potential closures to I-17 from burnout operations.
There are no evacuations in place on private lands near the fire.
The entire Cave Creek Ranger District is closed except for Bartlett Lake area and the Mazatzal Wilderness area. The Agua Fria National Monument is also closed for public safety.

For more information on the Cave Creek Complex Fire and other fires burning on the Tonto National Forest, check the Forest Service website at www.fs.fed.us/r3/tonto.

You can also log on to the official Cave Creek Complex Fire website at: fireteam-sw.com/whitney/cavecreek.

For information on forest closures, look on the web at http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/fire under "Restrictions.

For current road conditions on I-17 please call ADOT at 1-888-411-7623, or visit their website at www.az511.com.

Forest Service update notes:

Burn efforts near Black Canyon City today provided relief to the fire situation on the west side of the Cave Creek Complex Fire.

Firefighters worked to burn out heavy fuels between Black Canyon City and the New River Mountains to help stop the fire's progression. Approximately three hundred-twenty firefighters, along with heavy
air support and three dozers assisted in the operation. Throughout the operation Interstate 17 remained open, and no further plans of closure are expected for the holiday weekend. Yesterday, fire crews on the north end of the fire, near Dugas, began work on burn out operations for heavy fuels that will continue into today. Residents in these areas can expect to see heavy smoke from this operation. Air support dropped approximately 20,000 gallons of retardant to ensure successful and safe operations.

Today, burn out operations will continue with additional air support in the north and northwest end of the fire. Road closures in that area consist of the following until further notice: Dugas Road at I-17, Forest Road 68, and Forest Road 68G. An area closure south of State Route 260 and west of State Route 87 on the Coconino National Forest has closed access to Fossil Creek, Irving and Childs as a precautionary measure.

The Cave Creek Ranger District closed public access with the exception of Bartlett Lake and the Mazatzal Wilderness Area.

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