Friday, June 27, 2014

Type 3 Engine Sent to the San Juan Fire

Vernon, Az - 

On Friday, June 27, 2014 around 2:15 pm, a call was received into the Mohave County Wildland Working Group for a type 3 engine to respond to the San Juan Fire located southeast of Vernon, Az.  Pinion Pine filled the order, dispatching E513 to the incident that began yesterday around 11:45 in the morning. The San Juan Fire which is burning in mixed conifer and pine fuels quickly grew in size due to red flag conditions over the area.

Courtesy ABC15
The fire area saw 35 mile per hour winds and low relative humidity which quickly increased fire intensity and acreage. Quarter mile spot fires ahead of the fire and tree crowning were observed throughout the afternoon and prompting evacuations in the area. The latest information puts the fire at 5,000 acres and is under red flag conditions today as well. This area is no stranger to fires either, in 2002, the Rodeo-Chediski Fire burned 468,638 acres and in 2011, the Wallow Fire burned 538,000 acres, the largest fire in state history.

Story by Lieutenant Ron Hood, Pinion Pine Fire District

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