|June 28, 2004
: 08:00 MST
||Because of the Nuttall fire and the extensive fire fighting efforts
underway, the mountain is closed to the public -- University crews are
allowed through the closure upon showing their red squirrel permit.
|June 29, 2004 : 11:00 MST
||The fire briefing went well this morning. The fire stayed relatively
quiet yesterday -- not a lot of spread -- calculated at 322 acres this
|June 30, 2004 : 11:00 MST
||The fire is now at 450 acres with more than 75% of indirect fire line
constructed around its perimeter. The Incident Team expects to complete the
indirect fire line construction today.
|July 01, 2004 : 11:00 MST
||At the briefing this morning we were advised the burned areas were 926
acres (800 acres reported in the news release). Except for a very small
"slop over" area, the fire is inside the cut line perimeter.
|July 02, 2004 : 11:00 MST
||The fire report this morning is good news -- the burned acreage is up to
1,720 acres -- BUT all is within the cut fire line -- a perimeter line
around the main fire area.
|July 02, 2004 : 18:30 MST
||The Incident Management Team has advised us to evacuate the mountain.
The mountain is closed to all non essential University personnel. We are
sending a 3 person structure protection team to the site.
|July 03, 2004 : 11:00 MST
||The Gibson Fire has expanded rapidly -- yesterday morning it was 10
acres and blew up in the afternoon to 100+ acres. It was reported this
morning at 112 acres but the infrared images last night show maybe 300+
acres have burned. More...
|July 03, 2004 : 14:00 MST
||The Gibson Fire has worked its way north almost around High Peak. We were
ordered to evacuate the MGIO site earlier this afternoon -- fire fighters and
all -- 4 people remain on site awaiting the final evacuation orders.
2004 : 23:59 MST
||The Gibson Fire has not crossed west of Forest Road 507 -- aerial
tankers have dropped about 24 loads of retardant slurry along the road and
it seems to be holding.
2004 : 13:00 MST
||We have 2 dozers cutting line from the north side of the Utility Area to
the access road in the saddle just east of Peak 10,298. This line is to
protect the Observatory's north and west side.
2004 : 23:00 MST
||If you were in Safford today watching the mountain burn you would have
thought you were in an inferno. See the attached photos.
2004 : 13:00 MST
||So far so good -- a day at a time. The fire maps marked up for the IR
image last night are attached to this report. There is intense activity to
protect the Columbine and Turkey Flat Cabin areas today.
2004 : 11:00 MST
||Attached is the Southwest Area Incident Management Team news release.
You will note the fire is 25% contained and the Observatory is in a very
defensible position. Back firing operations occurred last night and continue
this morning on an east-west dozer line on the north side of the site.
2004 : 13:00 MST
||The Observatory is in excellent shape -- all perimeter lines have been
burned out and it rained a bit on site today. The high humidity and low wind
on the mountain reduced the intensity of fire considerably. We are in a very
defensible position (and that's for years in the future).
|July 09, 2004 : 12:00 MST
||It is drizzling on site right now. The fire activity, other than the
back firing in progress, is very low intensity. Governor Napolitano's visit
to Safford is scheduled for this evening. Congressman Renzi will visit with
cabin owners tomorrow around noon.
|July 10, 2004 : 10:45 MST
||We are in excellent condition! I will upload the fire maps early this
afternoon after Congressman Renzi's visit. The IR map is interesting and
shows the perimeter line being connected between Columbine and the
|July 10, 2004
: 13:55 MST
||The Southwest Area Incident Management Team is beginning to demobilize
the equipment and some of the hot shot crews. We are down to 6 helicopters
today. I understand the Type 1 Team will turn over responsibility to a Type
2 Team on Tuesday (maybe Rich Kvale's team).
|July 11, 2004
: 12:25 MST
||It rained... 0.4 inches at the site. We also had a lightning caused
ignition at Clark Peak -- the Team has it in check.