Gilbert's Emergency Management program is responsible to reduce our vulnerabilities to hazards and build an efficient capacity to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from large scale emergencies and disasters; for the purpose of saving lives and preventing property damage. We utilize a whole community approach and seek to promote a safer less vulnerable community.
- Peters Fire Burning West of Roosevelt Lake08/31/2015 5:34 PM
The lightning caused Peters Fire was reported Thursday, August 27. It’s burning in Sonoran Desert grass and brush two miles west of Roosevelt Lake on the slope of Peters Mountain.
A Very Large Airtanker (VLAT) made retardant drops this afternoon to assist firefighters on the ground with establishing containment lines.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Three Bar cabin is located one mile west of the fire and is a priority for protection.
- Rattlesnake Fire 100 Percent Contained08/27/2015 11:53 AM
Heavy rains earlier this week significantly reduced activity on the Rattlesnake Fire, which has been burning approximately 5 miles west of Bumble Bee in the Castle Creek Wilderness. In monitoring the area for the past couple of days and observing no further activity, fire managers have called the wildfire 100% contained as of last night.
- Fire Crews Completing Mop Up of Ojo Blanco Fire08/25/2015 3:48 PM
Global positioning mapping of the Ojo Blanco Fire today revealed a more accurate size of the fire perimeter to be 1,957 acres, rather than the estimate of 1,650 acres reported during the last two days.
Fire crews are finishing up with the mop up for the fire today and finding few remaining sources of heat.
- Little Giant Fire Burning North of Greens Peak; Smoke Visible from Springerville08/25/2015 3:27 PM
The lightning-caused Little Giant Fire was detected on August 24. The fire is primarily burning on a steep north aspect with heavy dead and down fuels and numerous snags. Smoke will be visible from Springerville as well as other local communities and area roads including Arizona State Highway 260, while the fire continues to burn.
- Ojo Blanco Fire Reported 75% Contained; Some Resources Released08/25/2015 11:08 AM
Firefighters yesterday made great progress in securing hotspots within the Ojo Blanco Fire’s perimeter. Aided by substantial rains over the entire fire Sunday and Monday evenings, and a reconnaissance flight Monday morning that identified remaining heat, firefighters worked yesterday to suppress perimeter hot spots. This will enable some crews and engines to be released to other assignments today.
- Minimal Activity on the Ojo Blanco Fire Due to Rain Last Night08/24/2015 12:19 PM
The Ojo Blanco Fire received significant precipitation night, and fire behavior is minimal this morning. The acreage was mapped at 1900 acres this morning, with additional acres resulting from yesterday's growth before the rain.
Date of Origin Thursday August 20th, 2015 approx. 12:00 PM
Location: East slope of Mt. Fagan
Incident Commander: Coronado NF, Nogales RD
Total Personnel: 110
- Rainfall Cools Active Portions of the Rattlesnake Fire08/24/2015 12:07 PM
The area of the Rattlesnake Fire received approximately 1.5 inches of rain yesterday which significantly cooled the active portions of the fire. Crews will continue to monitor the area for any remaining fire activity over the next couple of days. Fire managers have estimated containment at 75% and the size at 4,910 acres. The fire and smoke may still be visible to the west of Sunset Point on I-17 for days to come. Please be cautious while driving the highways in the area.
- Ojo Blanco Fire is at 1650 acres08/24/2015 5:53 AM
Fire activity has picked up on the Ojo Blanco Fire on the east slope of Mt. Fagan. The fire has been progressing downslope at a faster rate than in the previous days.
A type 3 incident commander took over the fire, and more resources were ordered to support fire operations.
As a precaution, Pima County Sheriff has delivered pre-evacuation notices to some homes near the fire.
Many of the resources ordered earlier are assisting with fire operations.
- Bighorn Mountain Fire Ignited on the Coronado National Forest08/24/2015 5:45 AM
The Bighorn Mountain fire was started by lightning and reported the evening of August 23. The fire is located about ¼ mile east of Bighorn Mountain in the Pusch Ridge Wilderness.
The fire is about 3 acres, and is in steep rugged terrain. Fire managers are monitoring the fire at this time.
- Springs Fire in Monitoring Status; no Additional Growth Anticipated08/21/2015 5:45 PM
Beginning today fire crews will begin clean up inside of the Springs Fire perimeter as no further growth is predicted. Visitors inside of the Springs Fire perimeter are asked to be cautious due to fire weakened trees, stump holes and ash pits in the area between County Road 73/Perkinsville Road, Forest Road 110, Forest Road 147, Forest Road 57A and Forest Road 746. This also includes interior road, Forest Road 354.