Gila National Forest – Straw Fire, June 11, 2017

Location:  Gila Wilderness, Wilderness RD Ranger District,

Start Date:     June 10, 2017                         Size:   150 acres        Cause: Lightning

Vegetation:    Ponderosa pine and grass

Resources:    Monitor only

Containment: 0% (managed for multiple resource objectives)

Summary:  The Straw Fire is burning on National Forest System lands in the Gila Wilderness. The fire behavior is minimal to low. Fire effects are correspondingly low to moderate. No torching was observed and flame lengths were 6-12 inches.  Much of the fire perimeter to the west has black-lined with some interior activity. The Wilderness Ranger District is managing this fire for multiple objectives including fuels reduction, reduce live wood density in the pinon-juniper and maintain the natural role of fire in the Wilderness.  The district will monitor the Straw Fire from Mogollon Baldy Lookout, high points on HWY 15 and the occasional aerial reconnaissance.  The Straw Fire is a fourth entry fire – (Miller Fire 2011, Dry Lakes Complex 2003, and Straw 1993).  While the older burns may not moderate current fire behavior it does show the natural fire return interval. Fire behavior and effects are expected to be somewhat moderated by this fire history.

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