Arizona Emergency Bulletin Feed
Cat Fire update: Showers expected in forecast for higher terrain areas
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 19:34:21 +0000

Although there has been change in overhead, Kody Stoner, the new incident commander on the Cat fire stated, “Not much change has occurred on the fire and activity remains low. There was no smoke visibility yesterday.” With showers expected to come in over higher terrain areas between Monday and Tuesday, fire activity will be very quiet.

Cat Fire Overview:

Date reported: August 6, 2018                                  Cause: Lightning

Rain moderates fire behavior on Cat Fire
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 19:47:58 +0000

Moisture received yesterday on the Cat Fire moderated fire behavior and dampened light fuels, delaying planned burnout operations. If favorable conditions exist and it is safe to do so, crews plan to conduct burnout operations, introducing fire inside the control line to consume fuel between the edge of the fire and the control line along Forest Road 2599. This is done to secure the fire’s western edge and stop its growth toward critical infrastructure.

Cat Fire Overview:

Rain reduced Platypus/Rhino Fire activity
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 19:45:25 +0000

The Platypus/Rhino Fire received moisture throughout the day yesterday, and fire behavior greatly diminished. 

With warm dry weather ahead, some potential for fire activity remains, especially near the southern edge of the original Rhino Fire where fingers of vegetation run through steep, rugged canyons.

Significant growth is not anticipated, but firefighters will continue to closely monitor the area.  If activity increases, some smoke would likely be noticeable from the Flagstaff and Sedona areas.

Moisture forecasted to return to Cat Fire today
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 20:28:28 +0000

High humidity and chance of showers are forecasted for the region, possibly giving crews an opportunity to conduct burnout operations if winds and weather are conducive to safely doing so.


Cat Fire Overview:

Date reported: August 6, 2018                                  Cause: Lightning

Size: 4,491 acres                                                               Personnel: 35

Platypus and Rhino Fires containment lines are holding
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 15:40:42 +0000

Containment lines have successfully prevented the Platypus/Rhino Fire from moving forward to the north and east.  Crews will to continue patrolling and mopping up these areas.

Significant growth to the south is not anticipated, but there is still potential for fire to move along the southern edge of the original Rhino Fire through fingers of vegetation in steep, rugged canyons. Firefighters will be closely monitoring the area and may utilize helicopters to assist with suppression efforts should the need arise.     

Closures re-issued for Cat Fire
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 23:23:12 +0000

Effective immediately, fire officials are re-implementing an area closure for the Cat Fire for both public safety and the safety of firefighting personnel working in the area. Once it is determined safe to do so, the order will be rescinded by the Kaibab National Forest Supervisor. 

Area, road and trail closure description are as follows:

Smoke from Platypus and Rhino Fires expected to begin decreasing
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 14:52:00 +0000

*The Coconino National Forest and firefighters on the Platypus Fire were saddened to learn of the ATV accident on the Mogollon Rim this weekend that resulted in the loss of four lives.  Public information regarding the accident and the September Fire, burning on the Tonto and Coconino National Forests, is being handled through the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office and the Tonto National Forest.  We extend our deepest condolences to the victims’ families and loved ones, and are holding them in our hearts and prayers.*

Fire restoration continues on Stina, Cat Fires
Mon, 17 Sep 2018 23:42:59 +0000

With the Stina fire now at more than 90-percent contained local resources have nearly completed the fire suppression repair work, which is the first of the three-phased approach to aiding in the recovery of an area following a wildfire. Meanwhile, due to the limited access and steep terrain, firefighters continue a confine-contain strategy on the Cat Fire.

Negligible growth observed on Cat Fire
Mon, 17 Sep 2018 19:42:27 +0000

Favorable weekend weather conditions curtailed fire growth on the Cat Fire.

Crews took advantage of lighter than anticipated winds and higher humidity to focus on reinforcing fireline ahead of the Cat Fire.

Cat Fire Overview:

Date reported: August 6, 2018                                  Cause: Lightning

Size: 4,108 acres                                                               Personnel: 35


Platypus and Rhino Fires suppression efforts continue this week
Mon, 17 Sep 2018 15:03:09 +0000

This weekend crews made good progress with suppression efforts on the Platypus and Rhino fires located in the Secret Mountain Wilderness north of Sedona.  Crews have been conducting burnout operations along the road systems to strengthen the northern and eastern control lines.