Firefighters battling tough conditions at Poco Fire

Firefighters battling tough conditions at Poco Fire

Firefighters battling tough conditions at Poco Fire


by Andrew Michalscheck

Posted on June 15, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Updated Sunday, Oct 20 at 12:07 PM

Poco fire
Date Reported:
Thursday, June 14
6 miles northeast of Young, AZ.
Under investigation
1,000 acres
Percent contained:
Terrain :
Steep, rugged
Ponderosa pine, shrub and grass understory
Resources committed:
2 Hot Shot crews, 2 Hot Shot crews en route, 2 Type crews, 7 engines and 7 on order, 1 dozer
2 Type 1 helicopters en route, 1 Type 2 helicopter en route, 2 single engine air tankers, DC-10
Map: Young, Arizona

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YOUNG, Ariz. -- The Poco fire continued to burn actively Thursday night and Friday morning as firefighters worked to box in the blaze.

Officials said the task is being made even more difficult by the extremely rugged terrain and dry conditions. Temperatures are expected to increase slightly on Saturday, making the situation even more complex.

A firefighter was flown to a hospital after getting injured while battling the wildfire Friday afternoon. Tonto National Forest officials said there's no immediate word on how the firefighter was hurt. The firefighter's name and condition have not been released.

Tanker 911, one of the biggest firefighting planes in the world, was dispatched to the Poco fire on Friday. Officials said additional air and ground resources are also being brought in.

“Resources are readily available because we aren’t competing for resources with many other fires in the Southwest,” said incident commander Dave Ramirez.

No structures have been threatened by the Poco fire and no evacuations have been ordered. Tonto National Forest officials have, however, announced temporary closures.

Closures will be in effect beginning at the intersection of Forest Road 291 and FR 512. Closures will continue along the eastern edge of FR 512 to the intersection of FR 200, then northerly along the western edge of FR 200 to the intersection with FR 291. The closures will extend along the northern edge of FR 291 to FR512.

Home owners and lessees of land, along with holders of Forest Service special use authorizations will be allowed to use Forest Systems Roads.

The Poco fire began burning on Thursday afternoon about six miles northeast of the town of Young. It covers approximately 1,000 acres, and is zero percent contained. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

For more information on the Poco fire and restrictions in the area call the Tonto National Forest at 602-225-5200 or visit