U.S. Forest Service sets the record straight on the San Juan FireJuly 16, 2014 4:32 pm
A letter to the editor:
By: Jim Zornes, Forest Supervisor, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests
There has been a lot of discussion in the media lately on the national forest treatment activities associated with the management of the San Juan fire on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests. I hope to at least set the record straight on what has occurred, and dispel some inaccurate information as it relates to vegetation management activities on the local level.
The San Juan Fire started around noon on Thursday, June 26, 2014 on White Mountain Apache Tribal lands near San Juan Lake. The fire was driven by a strong southwest wind and soon crossed over onto the Apache-Sitgreaves NF, about 6 miles south of Vernon. Fort Apache Agency of the BIA ordered the Southwest Area Incident Management Team (IMT) 4 (Matt Reidy’s team), who assumed command of the fire at 8:00 PM on Friday, June 27, 2014. The fire was making significant crown fire runs in the mixed conifer, and burning downslope toward the transition into ponderosa pine. One of the first pieces of information from the San Juan fire IMT was the accounts of the fire laying down when it hit areas of treatment in the pine. READ MORE.