Black Peak fire at 50 percent containment, has burned 4,600 acres

Black Peak fire at 50 percent containment, has burned 4,600 acres
Black Peak fire has burned 400 acres so far. (Source: U.S. Forest Service)
Black Peak fire has burned 400 acres so far. (Source: U.S. Forest Service)

ARIVACA, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Black Peak Fire has burned 4,600 acres since being sparked by lightning from monsoon storms on Sunday, July 24, according to Officials with the U.S. Forest Service. It is at 50 percent containment.

First reported at 5:37 p.m. on Sunday, the fire has burned just grass and brush, no structures are threatened.  It is burning in the Nogales Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest, on Cobre Ridge between Cobre Mountain and Black Peak, just south of Arivaca.

According to the USFS there are three hand crews, four engines and miscellaneous aerial crews working to put out the fire.

Firefighters are working "point protection" to protect private inholdings and sensitive areas.  Containment lines have been identified, and will be maintained as fire reaches them, according to USFS officials.

Forest Road (FR) 217/Warsaw Canyon Road and FR 39/Ruby Road may experience temporary closures for fire management activities.

Objectives for this wildfire include the following, per the USFS:

  • Firefighter and public safety shall be the first priority in all fire management activities.
  • Cooperate with other federal, state and local regulatory agencies to protect air quality as required by the Clean Air Act.
  • Wildland fire suppression responses shall minimize costs of suppression, resource impacts, and risks to life and property.
  • Management of lightning-caused fires should be considered to restore fire’s natural role in maintaining healthy, diverse, and resilient ecosystems resistant to natural disturbances.
  • Limit high-severity fire and suppression activity impacts to critical habitat areas for jaguar, Chiricahua leopard frog, and Mexican spotted owl.
  • Limit impacts to fire-sensitive cultural and heritage sites.
  • Protect Noon Ranch, Yellowjacket Mine, Border Patrol infrastructure, and other private in-holdings in the area to avoid loss of private property, cattle forage, and highly valued historic locations.
  • Keep fire east of Forest Road (FR) 216 to avoid impacts to Tres Bellotas Ranch and minimize impacts to livestock permittees. Keep fire south of FR 4157 and FR 4158 to protect private lands to the north and northeast. Keep fire west of FR 217 to protect private inholdings in Warsaw Canyon and California Gulch. Strive to contain fire north of the US/Mexican border. Utilize point protection as needed to protect private in-holdings.

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