Mangum Fire threatens Jacob Lake, Arizona

Evacuations are in effect in Jacob Lake

(UPDATED at 7:35 a.m. MDT June 14, 2020)

Mangum Fire map Jacob Lake Arizona
Map of the Mangum Fire. Heat data mapped at 9:12 p.m. June 13, 2020. The yellow line was the perimeter 28 hours before.

On Saturday the Mangum Fire burned very close to the small community of Jacob Lake, Arizona. During a 9:12 p.m. MDT mapping flight the fire was detected just west of the town very close to a campground and a U.S. Forest Service work center on Road 461. At that time it was less than a half mile from other facilities near the intersection of highways 89A and 67, an area with more campgrounds, an inn, and a Forest Service visitor center.

3-D Mangum Fire map Jacob Lake Arizona
3-D map of the Mangum Fire, looking west with heat data mapped at 9:12 p.m. June 13, 2020. The yellow line was the perimeter 28 hours before.

By 10 p.m. the GOES-17 satellite orbiting 22,200 miles above the Earth could no longer detect a large area of intense heat as seen in the photo below taken at 6:56 p.m. MDT Saturday. The temperature at a nearby weather station dropped to 42 degrees at 4 a.m. Sunday and overnight the wind was nearly calm after midnight. But the humidity remained low, rising from a low Saturday afternoon of 9 percent, to 29 percent by 6:47 a.m. Sunday. The fire is at high elevation, 7,000 to 8,000 feet.

The National Weather Service in Flagstaff has issued a Red Flag
Warning for the fire area Sunday due to strong winds and low relative humidity, in effect from noon to 7 p.m. MST Sunday evening. The forecast calls for a high of 79 degrees, RH of 9 percent, and 10 to 18 mph winds out of the southwest gusting at 24 to 28 mph. Similar conditions are expected for Monday. These conditions could continue to threaten Jacob Lake, which is under an evacuation order.

A Fire Weather Watch has also been issued for Tuesday due to strong winds and low relative humidity.


(UPDATED at 7:21 p.m. MDT June 13, 2020)

Mangum Fire satellite photo
As clouds cleared out and pushed to the north, heat and smoke from the Mangum Fire was photographed by the GOES-17 satellite at 6:56 p.m. MDT June 13, 2020.

(Originally published at 4:46 p.m. MDT June 13, 2020)

Mangum Fire map
3-D map of the Mangum Fire, looking east. Data (in red) from 1:04 a.m. MDT June 13, 2020. The yellow line was the perimeter 24 hours before. Wildfire Today.

Pushed by winds gusting up to 30 miles an hour, the Mangum Fire ran for an additional 8 miles to the north-northeast Friday. Creating spot fires up to one half mile ahead, it breached control lines and crossed highway 89A four miles northwest of Jacob Lake which is under evacuation orders.

For more information about evacuations contact the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office at 928-226-5089.

The fire is 18 miles southeast of Fredonia, Arizona and 12 miles north of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Mangum Fire Arizona air tanker
Tanker 12, a BAe-146, over the Mangum Fire June 12, 2020. InciWeb photo.

The Mangum Fire more than quadrupled in size Friday, growing from 2,238 to 10,813 acres by 1:04 a.m. MDT June 13 when a fixed wing aircraft mapped the fire.

The area has been under Red Flag Warnings Friday and Saturday for low humidity and strong winds. On Friday the relative humidity dropped to 11 percent and the high temperature was 83 degrees at a weather station at Warm Springs Canyon. At 2:47 p.m. MST Saturday it was 71 degrees and 10 percent RH with the wind out of the south-southwest at 10 mph gusting to 25 mph.

Mangum Fire Arizona weather Warm Springs
Wind speed and direction recorded at Warm Springs, east of the Mangum Fire in northern Arizona, for the 24-hour period ending at 1:47 p.m. MDT June 13, 2020.

The Mangum Fire is creating a large amount of smoke that is being pushed to the north and northeast, affecting residents in Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, and New Mexico.

The structure protection group assigned to the fire will continue working to create additional defensible space around structures and use burnouts intended to divert the blaze around the community. They are aided by a large number of fuel reduction projects around Jacob Lake that have been accomplished during the previous five years.

According to the Incident Management Team, “The fire is being managed utilizing a full suppression strategy, employing tactics that minimize impacts to important values at risk.The safety of firefighters and the public remain our number one priority.”

Saturday morning the Arizona Department of Transportation closed Highway 89A from approximately Marble Canyon to Fredonia and Highway 67 to the Grand Canyon for public safety. The U.S. Forest Service additionally has enacted a closure of the entire fire area.

Mangum Fire Arizona map
Vicinity map of the Mangum Fire in northern Arizona. Wildfire Today.
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Smoke from the Mangum Fire as seen from Fredonia High School 18 miles northwest of the fire, June 12, 2020. InciWeb photo.

Bringham Fire triples in size in 24 hours

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The fire is 27 miles southwest of Alpine, Arizona

Bringham Fire eastern Arizona
Bringham Fire in eastern Arizona. Inciweb photo posted June 11, 2020.

After exhibiting moderate growth since it started from a lightning strike on June 6, the Bringham Fire in eastern Arizona more than tripled in size Thursday. It was mapped Wednesday night at 3,318 acres, and 24 hours later an infrared mapping aircraft determined it had grown to 10,803 acres.

The fire is 23 air miles north of Clifton, Arizona and 27 air miles southwest of Alpine, Arizona. Values at risk that have been identified include the highway, area cabins, Rose Peak lookout, campgrounds, natural and cultural resources, and threatened and endangered species and their habitat.

Bringham Fire Arizona Clifton Alpine map
Bringham Fire at 9:47 p.m. MST June 11, 2020.

Firefighters have been conducting burnout operations in an attempt to keep the fire east of Highway 191. Portable water tanks have been set up along the highway to support helicopter operations in this effort.

Resources on the fire include 4 hand crews, 1 initial attack crew, 4 engines, 2 water tenders, 3 helicopters, plus various incident management overhead.

Santa Barbara County firefighters seen in action on the Mockingbird Fire

The fire was stopped after burning 5 to 10 acres near Gloleta, California

Mockingbird Fire -- Santa Barbara County Fire Department
A firefighter makes a mobile attack just ahead of a fire engine on the Mockingbird Fire — Santa Barbara County Fire Department, June 12, 2020. SBCFD photo.

Quick action today by Santa Barbara County Fire Department firefighters stopped the Mockingbird Fire before it could burn more than five to ten acres, which made it possible to lift the evacuation warnings in Goleta.

Mockingbird Fire -- Santa Barbara County Fire Department
Mockingbird Fire — Santa Barbara County Fire Department, June 12, 2020. SBCFD photo.

The video below by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department is excellent. You can almost feel the smoke stinging your eyes! And turn on the audio so you don’t miss the WHOP – WHOP – WHOP of the Huey.

Bighorn Fire spreads to within a mile of Tucson suburbs

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It has burned over 4,700 acres

A DC-10 Very Large Air Tanker drops retardant near Pontatoc Ridge on the Bighorn Fire north of Tucson, June 11, 2020. Photo by Tim Peterson.
A DC-10 Very Large Air Tanker drops retardant near Pontatoc Ridge on the Bighorn Fire north of Tucson, June 11, 2020. Photo by Tim Peterson.

The Bighorn Fire has spread to within a mile of the northern suburbs of Tucson, Arizona. Since the fire started from lightning on June 5 it has burned 4,769 acres, less than a mile from the northernmost suburbs of Tucson.

The fire was active Wednesday night, with flames being pushed downhill by downslope winds. On Thursday temperatures up to 106 degrees with low humidity will increase fire activity and it will again be highly visible on the front range of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Crews will work to hold the fire perimeter and continue building fire line, tying into control features such as roads and rock outcroppings. Aerial resources will support the crews on the ground with water and retardant drops.

Over the next several days communities can expect to see crews and apparatus working in and around subdivisions in the Catalina Foothills.

Resources assigned to the fire include 9 hand crews, 15 fire engines, 7 helicopters, and 10 water tenders.

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Map showing the location of the Bighorn Fire at 4:12 a.m. MDT June 11, 2020. (at the arrow)