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david vaughn 06-11-2017 07:11 AM

Highline Fire, NE of Payson
A new fire has started along the southern slopes of the Rim, in the area of Bonita Creek. If you recall, the Dude Fire swept through this same area in June 1990.

Following are two reports of the Highline Fire, which started Saturday, June 10.

Knoll Lake is roughly 5-8 miles northeast of the fire, with many nearby streams possibly affected, depending on fire behavior to the east, along the Rim slopes.

Lots of fire apparatus along the Rim Road last night. I hope and trust the Hot Shots were able to keep the fire from broadcasting deeper atop the Rim. Additional information can be found on the Inciweb site.

david vaughn 06-16-2017 07:32 AM

The first evacuations of the Highline Fire went into effect yesterday afternoon for La Cienega and Ellison Creek Estates, east of Bonita Creek and west of Tonto Village.

The fire behavior doesn't look too good at the moment, especially with the high temp's forecast for the next several days. I listened to a fire briefing which stated if the air gets too hot, then the aerial attacks won't take place, as there wouldn't be enough lift for those aircraft.

For those who fish this area, you know what is at stake...

joe 06-16-2017 10:04 AM

It was not lightning caused which really makes it sad.

SAT 06-16-2017 10:53 AM

This is terrible! I sure hope they can get a handle on it soon. So sad :(

Old Bull 06-16-2017 05:50 PM

Things getting close to Horton.

david vaughn 06-17-2017 07:44 AM


Originally Posted by Old Bull (Post 170196)
Things getting close to Horton.

From what I saw on the Highline Fire Information stream last night, I don't think it will affect the Horton or Tonto at all. It's starting to look pretty good for the fire crews, but then again, this ugly heat may be a game changer in all regards.

Also, the origin of the fire appears to be Perley Creek at or near the Highline Trail. Around the 2:30 minute mark, the presenter highlights what they believe was the initial startup point to this fire, which was caught mid afternoon. Obviously someone's inept ability to drench their campfire.

You'll need to scroll down the page until you see the Feed thread from last night's fire information meeting in Christopher Creek.

Old Bull 06-17-2017 01:11 PM


Is there still access to other Rim waters? Canyon Creek? Chevy?



david vaughn 06-18-2017 07:36 AM

Access to all other Rim Country waters are wide open at the moment. I believe Bear Canyon and Knoll Lake are closed due to the fire boundary restrictions.

The following creeks are currently closed due to fire activity:
Upper East Verde (above Whispering Pines)
Bonita Creek
Perley Creek
Tonto Creek ? (above Hwy 260)

Late yesterday (Sat Jun 17), there was almost no smoke emanating from the Highline Fire boundaries below the Rim. There is some active fire in the old Bear Fire, located in the Coconino Forest north of Whispering Pines.

At the moment, it's looking pretty good with some soil rehab being planned in the immediate future.

BunsbertMontcroffEsq 06-18-2017 05:00 PM

Just drove through there (260) on my way back to Phoenix from Pinetop-Lakeside. The road into Tonto Creek was totally closed, and there was a sign saying the hatchery was closed. Fire Road 64 was closed as well at the 260 (and I assumed all the way to Whispering Pines). Hope it gets contained soon.

Old Bull 06-19-2017 02:26 AM

Thanks for the updates guys!

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