Community Update June 11
Incident: Whitewater Baldy Complex Wildfire
Yesterday, crews patrolled around the northern perimeter of the fire looking for hot spots; containment lines are holding. A wilderness crew mopped up in the area around the West Fork of the Gila River. Along the southern perimeter there was some active fire in the Turkey Creek area. Crews kept it with in containment lines. Along the western flank crews patrolled along containment lines and found very few hot spots and moped up where needed.
During today's operational period crews will continue to patrol the fire's perimeter, mop up where needed and cut off any pockets of fire found along containment lines. One hotshot crew will be extracted from the Wilderness on the eastern flank today, leaving one crew in the interior. That crew will continue to patrol containment lines and mop up where needed.
The Southwest Type 1 Incident Command Team will transfer command to a National Incident Management Organization (NIMO) Team today at 6:00 PM. In addition to complex fire management, these teams have year-round "non-incident" duties in support of Fire and Aviation Management. For more information about NIMO teams go to www.nifc.gov/nimo
Increased fire traffic will continue in the southern fire perimeter. For your safety and safety of the fire crews please remember to avoid traveling on Sacaton Road and Moon Ranch Road.
For additional information regarding the post fire-flood assessment go to the Whitewater- Baldy Complex BAER page at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2900/.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: If you are planning to visit the Forest, Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect. Additional closures are still are in effect in several areas; please go to the Gila National Forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/gila for current information or contact the Forest directly at 575-388-8201.