Globe Ranger District fire specialists are currently managing two lightning-caused wildfires: the Frio now at 2,100 acres, in the Pinal Mountain range, and the 650 Fire, which began Aug. 28 seven miles north of Superior in the Superstition mountains on Montana Mountain.
The 650 Fire is approximately 3,800 acres in size. Smoke and flames from the 650 Fire may be visible to East Valley residents.
Personnel and equipment are assigned to these fires and fire management officials continue to be pleased with the fire behavior, direction and favorable weather conditions. Visitors and residents may see light-to-moderate smoke throughout the day, with the possibility of smoke drifting toward and settling in Globe and Miami.
“Current weather conditions are very favorable in helping the smoke ventilate more quickly than had these fires occurred later in the wildfire season,” observed Rick Reitz, Globe district ranger.
Due to current weather conditions, including monsoon humidity, these lightning-caused fires can be allowed to play their natural role in the ecosystem.