Office of Emergency Management
Soldier Basin Fire Update - May 23, 2013 7 AM*
Incident: Soldier Basin Fire Wildfire
Released: May 23, 2013 7 AM
Location: Sierra Vista Ranger District, Coronado National Forest, 5 miles east of the Nogales Airport
Estimated Size: approximately10,000 acres
Cause: human caused, under investigation
Resources Assigned: approximately 205 personnel including 3 helicopters, 12 engines, 2 Type 1 hotshot crews, 4 Type 2 hand crews, 7 water tenders, and miscellaneous overhead
Fire Behavior: moderate with some uphill runs
Terrain: steep, rocky
Fuel: grass and brush (mesquite and oak)
Structures Threatened: none presently
Today's Weather Forecast: Variable southwest winds 10-18 mph. Temperatures will be in the high 80s to mid 90s. Relative humidity will range from 4 to 8%.
Objectives: Keep the fire south and west of Flux Canyon, west of Forest Road 49, north of the Solder Basin drainage, and east of the Coronado National Forest boundary.
Summary: Last night fire crews worked late into the night to conduct burnouts in anticipation of higher temperatures and forecast winds expected this weekend. Significant progress was made with this effort. A great deal of fire activity could be observed during the night as a result of their activities all of this was within fire lines.
Today fire crews plan to secure black lines along the north and east perimeter. Crews will continue patrolling and mop up of perimeter hot spots. Firefighters plan to finish remaining burnouts today. The south portion of the fire perimeter is secure now with a few spots of smoke still remaining.
Travel Advisory: Motorists using FR 4698 and FR 49 into Soldier Basin should be prepared for possible delays due to burnout operations and fire personnel and vehicles working along the road. Fire personnel may escort vehicles through the area with pilot vehicles if necessary. It is recommended that motorists use alternate roads or avoid the area altogether until these operations are complete.
Smoke: Residents east of the fire will likely experience increased smoke impacts over the next few days. Smoke is likely to settle into canyons and valleys and other low-lying areas when air temperatures cool at night. Warmer temperatures and light winds usually help with smoke dispersal during the day. Breathing smoke is not healthy for anyone, but some people are at greater risk, including people with heart or lung disease, children, and the elderly. If it looks smoky, you may want to limit or eliminate exercise or other outdoor activities.
*Information from InciWeb, an interagency all-risk incident information management system. http://www.inciweb.org/
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