Gila National Forest – Corral Fire 6/10/2017 @ 1800

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

Start Date:  June 4, 2017                  Size:  2, 473 acres     Cause:  Lightning

Containment:  0%                             Resources: Monitor from lookout towers

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. Primary fire activity is to the north, northeast and burning in some heavy fuels. This is a low to moderate intensity first entry fire since we have no recorded history of fire in this area.

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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