Final Soldier Basin Fire Update - May 24, 2013 5:30 PM
Incident: Soldier Basin Fire Wildfire
Location: Sierra Vista Ranger District, Coronado National Forest, 5 miles east of the Nogales Airport
Estimated Size: approximately10,775 acres
Cause: human caused, under investigation
Resources Assigned: approximately 160 personnel including 1 helicopter, 9 engines, 1 Type 1 hotshot crew, 3 Type 2 hand crews, 3 water tenders, and miscellaneous overhead
Fire Behavior: Expect to see isolated, short duration, occasionally intense smoke columns from the interior of the fire as unburned pockets of fuel are consumed.
Terrain: steep, rocky
Fuel: grass and brush (mesquite and oak)
Structures Threatened: none presently
Saturday’s Weather Forecast: Variable southwest winds 10-15 mph. Temperatures will be in the mid 80’s to mid 90s. Relative humidity will range from 3 to 9%.
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: Friday firefighters continued to mop-up and monitor along the perimeter. Some interior fire activity and smoke within the blackline of the Soldier Basin Fire will continue to be visible until extinguished by significant precipitation, which is not expected to arrive prior to our normal monsoon. Limited smoke from the fire could be seen Friday. Much of the smoke in the area was from a fire in Mexico SW of Nogales, Sonora that drifted north towards Tucson and points NE.
Many personnel and equipment will be demobilized by Saturday morning. Adequate resources, under management of the Coronado NF Sierra Vista Ranger District, will remain to continue mop-up and patrol.
Temporary Closure: A portion of the Sierra Vista Ranger District, Coronado National Forest, will be temporarily closed in the vicinity of the Soldier Basin Fire.
Smoke: Residents near the fire will likely experience gradually diminishing smoke impacts over the next few days. Smoke will 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. For additional resources, please visit http://wildlandfire.az.gov/links.asp#Smoke.