Pioneer Fire Update

Burnout Operations Conducted



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Acres: 350 Start date: May 30, 2009

Cause: Lightning Location: 8 miles south of Globe, AZ

Containment: 10 percent Fuels: Ponderosa pine, manzanita, oak brush

Terrain: Steep, rugged Resources: 5 crews, 6 engines, 2 dozers, 1 water tenders

Total personnel: 192 Available air support: 3 helicopters.

At 7:00 p.m. on June 7, 2009, the Arizona Central West Zone Incident Management Team, Tony Sciacca, Incident Commander, assumed management of the Pioneer Fire on the Globe Ranger District of the Tonto National Forest.

Burnout operations were conducted on the Pioneer Fire last night to establish a secure line on the north side of the fire and to provide an anchor point for the firefighters to work safely. Tall, dense manzanita along the ridge where the fireline was constructed presented a hazard to firefighters. In an effort to provide for firefighter safety and minimize the area affected by the fire, the line was prepared and the burnout was conducted. It improved the line and created a safe area for firefighters to move to in the event of any future problem.

Today’s efforts will include continued patrol and mop-up along the south and west portions of the fire and assessment of last night’s burnout operations on the north.

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