Mistake Peak Fire in Tonto National Forest at 4,800 acres, 25 percent contained - East Valley Tribune: East Valley Local News

Mistake Peak Fire in Tonto National Forest at 4,800 acres, 25 percent contained

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Posted: Thursday, August 16, 2012 9:15 pm

ROOSEVELT – Thursday’s change of weather allowed firefighters to construct additional fireline on the 4,800-acre Mistake Peak Fire and bring it to 25 percent containment.

This has slowed fire progression on the north and east sides where the fire has been most active, according to a news release from the Williams and Tusayan Ranger Districts.

Crews also continued to patrol, mop up and secure containment lines on other areas of the fire, the release said.

“To maximize efficiency and safety, remote fire camps have been established at multiple locations around the fire to decrease travel time and allow firefighters to access the fire earlier in the day,” said Matt Reidy, incident commander.

The camps are being supplied and supported from the incident command post at Cholla Campground. Also, about 450 firefighters from across the country are assigned to the Mistake Peak Fire, including those from Alaska, Maine, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Indiana, Colorado, Utah, Texas, New Mexico, California and Arizona.

Closures currently include:

• The intersection of FR 71 and FR 609, heading north, northeast along FR 609 until the junction with FR 416, then east on FR 416 to FR 86, then east on FR 486 to State Route (SR) 288, along the western edge of SR 288 to FR 609, then west along FR 609 to FR 486, south and west along FR 486 to FR 236, south and west along FR 236 to the junction with FR 236A, southwest along FR 236A until FR 71, west along FR 71 to FR 609.

• Cholla Campground (including the entrance road from state highway 188).

For more information on the Mistake Peak Fire, visit http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3141 and follow the Northern Arizona Incident Management Team on Twitter @NAZ_IMT. For more information regarding forest recreation sites contact the Tonto National Forest at (602) 225-5200, or check online at www.fs.usda.gov/tonto. For information on the current bear hunt in unit 23 south, contact Arizona Game & Fish Department at www.azgfd.gov or (602) 942-3000.

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