Gila National Forest – Corral Fire June 9, 2017

Location: Wilderness Ranger District on the Gila National Forest in the Gila Wilderness

Start Date:  June 4, 2017                  Size:  2, 000 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. Firefighters are riding in on horseback to evaluate the progress and do some mapping of the fire. Minimal growth has occurred and the fire has received about 1.2” of rain over the past week.  The west flank of the fire is remaining stagnant with the majority of the growth towards Black Canyon.

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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