The Poco Fire was reported Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 2:33 p.m, six miles northeast of Young, Az. Management of the 11,950 acre fire transferred from the Northern Arizona Type 2 Incident Management Team to the Central West Zone Type 3 Incident Management Team June 25, 2012. The Central West Zone Interagency Type 3 Team resources completed rehabilitation tasks on the Poco Fire, northeast of Young, Arizona, including grading Forest Road 512 that connects travelers from the Payson area off of State Route 260 south to Young. At the peak of the human-caused incident, 768 personnel were stationed in Young who traveled from Arizona, California, Indiana, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Montana, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, Wyoming, and Wisconsin to protect central Arizona communities. Six community meetings were held within eight days in the towns of Young, Forest Lakes, Colcord, Heber, and Payson and two Fire Camp tours conducted. Five firefighters were injured; no structures were burned; estimated costs are $9 million. On June 29, 2012, the Type 3 IMT turned command of the fire back to the Tonto National Forest, Type 4 Team.
The Poco Fire was declared 100% contained on July 5, 2012. Crews will continue to monitor the fire until the area recieves significant rainfall.
|Date of Origin||Thursday June 14th, 2012 approx. 02:33 PM|
|Location||6 miles NE of Young, AZ|
|Incident Commander||John Olson|
|Estimated Containment Date||Sunday July 01st, 2012 approx. 12:00 AM|
Ponderosa Pine (litter and understory)
Minimal fire behavior, interior fuels contunue to be consumed.
Crews will continue to monitor the fire until the area receives significant rainfall.
The Central West Zone Type 3 Incident Management Team turned command to Tonto National Forest (Type 4) at 9:00 a.m. on June 29, 2012.
|Wind Conditions||3 mph SW|