Bull Flat Fire

Bull Flat fire closure in effect at 5 pm today

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Bull Flat fire closure in effect at 5 p.m. Wednesday in Tonto National Forest, nine miles northeast of Young.

Fire Facts as of Saturday evening

Date started: May 10, 2012

Number of personnel: 151

Location: Fort Apache Agency and Tonto NF

Equipment: 7 engines, 2 dozers, 2 water tenders

Cause: lightning

Aircraft: 1 light and 1 heavy helicopter

Size: 2,145 acres

Percent contained: 95 percent

Estimated containment date: May 20, 2012

Injuries to date: 0

Estimated cost to date: $900,000

Property threatened: none

Closure

The closure order is effective beginning 5 p.m., Wednesday, May 16, 2012. The following is a description of the closure area:

The closure boundary starts at the intersection of Forest Road (FR) 512 and FR 33 and follows FR 512 south to its intersection with FR 358, then following FR 358 east to its intersection with the forest boundary. The boundary then follows the forest boundary north and turns directly east to the intersection of FR 34 and FR 188, then follows FR 34 north to its intersection with FR 33 and follows FR 33 west to its intersection with FR 512.

FR 512 and FR 33 will remain open for travel during this closure.

The purpose of the closure is to provide for public and firefighter health and safety during the management of the Bull Flat fire.

Fire Activity: Creeping, smouldering and interior island of unburned fuel.

There is a decrease in estimated containment because more intensive mop-up needs to be completed along firelines where heat is being held in stump holes and large, dead fuels that could produce flying embers during wind events.

Planned Actions: Patrol and monitor.

Advisories: Residents and visitors in the Heber-Overgaard area may experience drift smoke from the Bull Flat Fire. The fire is southwest of these communities and afternoon winds are expected to push smoke in a northeasterly direction. Those with respiratory challenges should take precautions. Smoke also settles in cool temperatures and may reduce visibility for motorists driving during nighttime hours.

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