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Update: Tiger Fire now 50% contained

This map from inciweb.gov, with labels added, shows the fires burning in Central and Northern Arizona and their size, as of 8 p.m. Saturday, July 10, 2021. (Tim Wiederaenders/Courier illustration)

This map from inciweb.gov, with labels added, shows the fires burning in Central and Northern Arizona and their size, as of 8 p.m. Saturday, July 10, 2021. (Tim Wiederaenders/Courier illustration)

UPDATE, 8 a.m. Tuesday:

Public Information: 928-925-1111

Email: 2021.tiger@firenet.gov 

Size: 16,273 acres

Containment:  50%

Cause: Lightning

Location: 11 miles east of Crown King

Start Date: June 30, 2021, 3:45 p.m.

Incident Commander: Dave Gesser

Incident Personnel: 280

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Facebook Live with the IC and Operations Tuesday, July 13, at 8 p.m. Prescott National Forest Facebook Page.

With the community of Crown King in a “Set” status, the town remains closed to the public. Only residents are allowed in and out.

FIRE CLOSURES

The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office and Prescott National Forest have closed County Road 177 and national forest lands generally south of County Road 177 from Mayer west to Palace Station, except for Crown King residents with identification. For detailed information, visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7595/.

Despite extreme weather hitting the Prescott airport Sunday evening, the Tiger Fire has received little moisture from passing thunderstorms.

Tiger Fire activity declined again Monday. Overnight an infrared flight was conducted that indicated few remaining hot spots across the fire’s footprint. Several were detected along the western perimeter near Twin Peaks that threatened the perimeter.

Firefighters and engines isolated and contained these spots while other resources began suppression repair and rehabilitation of fire lines. Suppression repair includes installing water bars on roads and fire lines to deter erosion, chipping brush cut during fire line work, and removing tools and gear used during suppression.

Two crews departed the Tiger Fire on Monday to assist with a new lightning start southwest of Prescott, the Buzzard Fire.

On Tuesday, fire operations on the Tiger Fire will be continued monitoring of the fire perimeter, suppression repair, and removal of equipment and tools. Firefighting resources will also be monitoring the perimeter for continued security as the fire footprint cools.

WEATHER

Increasing chances of area thunderstorms and accompanying gusty outflow winds for the next two days. Possible flooding can accompany localized rain events during this period.

EVACUATIONS

Crown King and the Lorena Gulch Cabins remain in “SET” and Horsethief Basin is in “GO” status, in accordance with Arizona’s Ready-Set-Go Program, https://ein.az.gov/ready-set-go.

FOREST CLOSURES

Arizona’s publicly managed lands are in widely different levels of closure/restrictions. Those planning to visit Arizona’s outdoors should consult appropriate land management agency websites immediately prior to planning a trip to determine current restrictions and emergency fire area closures. Visit https://wildlandfire.az.gov/fire-restrictions for current restrictions.

UPDATE at 1:35 p.m. Monday

The Tiger Fire was reported to have grown to 16,246 acres as of Monday morning, but continued to be at 43% containment, according to Prescott National Forest officials.

Fire activity declined Sunday with increased humidity over the lightning-caused blaze.

Although area thunderstorms to date have not supplied significant rain on the fire, they have been a daily event in the surrounding area, and have increased humidity levels. The effect has been diminished fire activity as lighter fuels absorb moisture associated with higher humidity and quickly become less flammable and unavailable to ignite larger fuels.

Remaining heat exists in the area of Dead Cow Springs and south to Horsethief Basin, all on the Tiger Fire’s western flank. There were also some interior isolated smoke columns appearing within the fire footprint, as isolated pockets of fuel continued burning.

Today’s fire operations plan consists of a robust initial attack division to handle anticipated local lightning and continued point-protection and suppression-repair work on Crown King and Horsethief Basin roads.

Crown King residents may encounter traffic delays from grading and mastication work along roads leading into and out of their community.

Weather forecasts are calling for Increasing chances of area thunderstorms and accompanying gusty outflow winds for the next three days. Possible flooding can accompany localized rain events during the same period.

Crown King and the Lorena Gulch Cabins remain in “SET” and Horsethief Basin is in “GO” status in accordance with Arizona’s Ready-Set-Go Program https://ein.az.gov/ready-set-go

Arizona’s publicly managed lands are in widely different levels of closure/restrictions. Those planning to visit Arizona’s outdoors should consult appropriate land management agency web sites immediately prior to planning a trip to determine current restrictions and emergency fire area closures. Visit: https://wildlandfire.az.gov/fire-restrictions for current restrictions.

Smoke production continues to remain low on the Tiger Fire, according to the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality. Any smoke produced is forecast to rise and fan out from the northeast through the southeast. Light smoke impacts are possible for areas in/around Black Canyon City, Cordes Lakes, Mayer and locations in the southeast portion of the Verde Valley.

Some light smoke may move over the northern portion of the Phoenix Valley; however, smoke is forecast to remain elevated off the ground.

UPDATE, Sunday at 7:45 a.m.:

Officials working the TIger Fire east of Crown King reported Sunday morning the blaze is now 43% contained, according to inciweb.gov.

The size remained the same, at 16,113 acres.

ORIGINAL POST:

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Smoke coming off the Tiger Fire near Crown King was visible Saturday morning, July 10, 2021, to the east and southeast of the Prescott area. (Tim Wiederaenders/Courier)

On Saturday and Sunday, July 10-11, the Tiger Fire incident command and Prescott National Forest are expecting similar smoke dispersion as the weather pattern remains relatively unchanged.

Smoke during the days is forecast to rise and fan out from northeast through southeast, according to a news release. Light to very brief moderate smoke impacts are possible for areas in/around Black Canyon City, Cordes Lakes, Mayer, and locations in the southeast portion of the Verde Valley.

Smoke that lifts higher into the atmosphere is forecast to move back toward the south/southwest over the Phoenix area and Valley. Smoke over Phoenix is forecast to remain well elevated off the ground.

The Tiger Fire is burning 11 miles east of Crown King, southeast of the Prescott area. It has burned 16,113 acres and is 29% contained.

Overnight, smoke may drain into Lake Pleasant, Black Canyon City, and Corde Lakes; however, impacts are forecast to be light.

It should also be noted; there is a continued chance of thunderstorms each afternoon/evening, resulting in strong gusty winds that could push smoke in any direction, resulting in brief periods of moderate smoke impacts for locations near the fire.

Note, no matter what the forecast indicates, if you feel like you are having health effects from smoke exposure, take extra care to stay inside or safely get to an area with better air quality.

Contact your healthcare provider with specific concerns.

For additional information, call 928-925-1111 or visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7595/.

For Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) Portable Smoke Monitors, visit https://www.phoenixvis.net/PPMmain.aspx.

Tiger Fire Update

The Tiger Fire has burned 16,113 acres and is 29% contained, as of Saturday morning.

The lightning-caused fire, which started June 30, is 11 miles east of Crown King and has 361 personnel working it.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Facebook Live with the IC and Operations Sunday, July 11, at 8 p.m. Prescott National Forest Facebook Page.

With the community of Crown King in a “Set” status, the town remains closed to the public. Only residents are allowed in and out.

FIRE CLOSURES

The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office and Prescott National Forest have closed County Road 177 and national forest lands generally south of County Road 177 from Mayer west to Palace Station, except for Crown King residents with identification. For detailed information, visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7595/.

After a thunderstorm Thursday night and its associated higher humidity, the fire was less active Friday until late afternoon when fuels dried.

Firefighters in Horsethief Basin identified one portion of a fire line that may be fired to widen the barrier as a contingency to future fire movement but wet conditions from Thursday night’s thunderstorm delayed that action.

Other crews continued to prepare the Crown King Road (County Road 59) and Black Canyon Road (FS 101) for possible contingency firing operations. At Crown King, sprinkler and water line preparations remained and fire managers used a bulldozer and a hand crew to improve fire barriers constructed during previous year’s fires.

On Saturday, firefighters again will work on structure protection operations to protect Crown King. In Horsethief Basin, crews are monitoring previous burnouts, providing point protection tactics as needed to protect structures and improvements, and waiting for an opportunity to fire a remaining contingency line. Other resources are monitoring the fire south of Cleator and poised to initially attack new lightning fires should they ignite from forecast thunderstorms.

WEATHER

Forecasts call for hot weather with a chance of thunderstorms and accompanying gusty outflow winds Saturday afternoon.

EVACUATIONS

The Yavapai County Sheriff’s office on Friday rescinded the Black Canyon City ”Ready” evacuation designation. Crown King and the Lorena Gulch Cabins remain in “SET,” and Horsethief Basin remains in “GO” status, in accordance with Arizona’s Ready-Set-Go Program; https://ein.az.gov/ready-set-go.

FOREST CLOSURES

Arizona’s publicly managed lands are in widely different levels of closure/restrictions. Those planning to visit Arizona’s outdoors should consult appropriate land management agency websites immediately prior to planning a trip to determine current restrictions and emergency fire area closures. Visit https://wildlandfire.az.gov/fire-restrictions for current restrictions.

Information provided by the Prescott National Forest.

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