Gila National Forest – Update on Cub Fire for July 19, 2020 – Wilderness Ranger District


Fire Information Line: (575) 519-4312


 Size: 23,216 acres                               Containment: 82%                            Cause: Lightning

Location: 3 miles northeast of Mogollon Baldy Lookout                            

Total Personnel:  71 personnel on the fire including two type 2 Initial Attack hand crews and two Fire Use crews, one type 1 helicopter and one type 3 helicopter. 

Yesterday afternoon, after several days of improving trails for use as fireline, all fire crews were removed from the fire area due to snags, wind, and lightning.

Cloud cover was present over the fire for a majority of the day with the fire receiving scattered precipitation.

In order to provide for firefighter safety while working in a remote area, an Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulance was ordered and has been located at the Willow Creek spike camp.  Yesterday that ambulance was approached by a visitor who had a relative experiencing a medical emergency. Because of the location of the ambulance and the strict adherence to the medical plan this ambulance initiated the process of getting a county ground ambulance as well as a Gila Regional air ambulance in route to the incident. The assigned paramedics were able to stabilize the patient for transport via air ambulance to a definitive care facility.

Several crews have been demobilized from the Cub Fire and will be utilized for initial attack of new fires on the forest following a significant lightning event that occurred over the area Saturday afternoon.

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