Gila National Forest – Corral Fire, June 6, 2017 @ 1700

June 6 PIO mapLocation: Wilderness Ranger District on the Gila National Forest in the Gila Wilderness

Start Date:  June 4, 2017                  Size:  720 acres         Cause:  Lightning

Containment:  0%                             Resources: Monitor status only

Vegetation:  Grass, pinon jumper and ponderosa pine stringers in the drainages

Summary:  The Corral Fire is burning on National Forest lands in the Gila Wilderness. There are no immediate values at risk. The terrain is fairly flat with the East Fork of the Gila River to the northwest and Black Canyon to the south. Moderate growth occurred today which was noted during the aerial survey. The west flank of the fire is remaining stagnant with the majority of the growth towards Black Canyon. The fire did receive some precipitation this afternoon.

Values at risk include private property approximately 3 miles away, Gila trout, Chiricahua leopard frog and narrowed headed garter snakes in the Black Canyon.  The strategy of this fire is to reduce live woody fuels, reduce fuel loads on the ground, improve forest health and watershed conditions, and support the reintroduction of fire in the natural ecosystem.

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