Whitewater-Baldy News Release June 15,2012
Incident: Whitewater Baldy Complex Wildfire
Date Started: 05/16/2012
Number of Personnel: 363 including 4 hand crews and 3 camp crews
Size: 290,127 acres (453 square miles)
Equipment: 11 engines, 17 Water Tenders, 2 Dozers
Percent Contained: 63
Aircraft: 6 Helicopters
Most of the observed fire movement yesterday was in the southeast portion of the fire in the Turkey Creek drainage. The fire continued its progress toward Turkey Creek.
Firefighters see favorable conditions to hold the fire at Turkey Creek. Hand crews are repairing the impacts of the fire fighting efforts by chipping branches cut to create the fireline. Tree Fallers will remove some hazardous trees near the Indian Creek Summers homes. Aircraft will continue to patrol the fire area today.
Firefighters, Packers and Fisheries Biologists from both the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the Forest Service are starting a fish relocation project in the fire area today.
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.