Firefighters Fighting Four Fires on the Chino Valley Ranger District

     June 20, 2021 

    Location:  Four different fires on the Chino Valley Ranger District East of Highway 89  

    Stage II Fire Restrictions

    Start Date: 6/17/2021-6/18/2021 

    Size:  Rafael – 400 acres, Sandflat – 3 acres, Archibald – 1 acre, Hornet – 1 acre 

    Percent Contained:   Varies among fires 

    Cause: Lightning 

    Vegetation: Pinyon juniper and grass 

    Summary:  The rugged terrain and remote access to the fire perimeter is driving the indirect fire management strategy. Fire managers’ main objective today is to prepare roads and trails for potential firing operations tactics. This will allow fire managers to respond to the dynamic environment of fire. The main safety concerns are extreme heat and thunderstorms in the area.  

    All four fires are north of the Verde River. The Rafael Fire lies about 2 miles north of Perkinsville and is currently the most active of the fires; the Sand Flat, Archibald and Horney Fires lie 3-4 miles north of Perkinsville and are being monitored with little to no change.  

    Resources:   2-Hotshot crews, 1-Type 3 Engine, 1-Type 6 Engine 

    Weather:  Hot very dry conditions through Tuesday with temperatures peaking in the afternoons in the high 90’s and overnight temps in the 60’s, daytime winds from the west gusting to 30 mph, shifting in the evening to the southwest reducing to around 10 mph. There is a 0% chance for precipitation to occur in the area through Tuesday.  

    Closures: None at this time.  


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