Mistake Peak Fire Update Aug. 14, 2012

ROOSEVELT, Ariz. – The Mistake Peak Fire transitioned from a local Type III organization to the Northern Arizona Type II Incident Management Team (IMT) led by Incident Commander Matt Reidy at 6:00 p.m. Monday.  The number one priority on the incident is firefighter and public safety. Another focus of the IMT will be ordering additional resources including engines, crews and aircraft to suppress the 3,400 acre fire which is 10% contained. The fire is 11 miles east of Punkin Center, Ariz.

Steep rugged terrain, extreme fire behavior and very hot dry conditions are challenging firefighting efforts.  According to Fire Behavior Analyst Holly Kleindienst, isolated thunderstorms in the fire area may produce gusty winds that could push the fire in any direction.  Little rain has fallen in the vicinity of the fire since the monsoons began.

More than 150 personnel are assigned to the incident including six hotshot crews, two 20-person crews, five engines, and two dozers.  Due to the large amount of fire activity in the country, competition for resources is high. To date, there have been four minor injuries to firefighters.

A road closure is in effect for the area surrounding the fire.  Forest Road (FR) 236, 236A, 486 and 416 are closed. FR 71 is closed at the FR 609 and FR 236 junction.  FR 609 is closed at the junction with FR 236 and FR 486.  These closures affect current bear hunting activities in the area and will affect archery deer hunts which begin Wednesday.

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality is coordinating with the Incident Management Team to monitor smoke impacts in outlying areas.

Mistake Peak Fire information is posted at 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 please contact the Tonto National Forest at 602-225-5200, or check online at www.fs.usda.gov/tonto.