Wildfire Comes Within Feet of Homes in Parks/ Bellemont Today

April 2nd, 2016 at 8:40 PM

On April 2, 2016, Ponderosa Fire received a report of a wildland fire in Parks that was spreading along the ground and threatening homes. Ponderosa Fire responded, along with units from Camp Navajo Fire Department, and were able to quickly get control of the fire and stop it from threatening homes. The fire was contained at a bit over half an acre.

Preliminary analysis indicates the fire was most likely caused by a prior campfire that wasn’t completely extinguished.

12898286_1082344778454277_1407876132303904070_oPonderosa Fire would like to remind everyone to be very careful with campfires in our beautiful forests. Bigger pieces of wood, and buried embers, can maintain enough heat to start a new fire for an extended period. Any fire pit should have the area around it completely cleared of all flamable material. When done with the fire, ensure all wood is broken into small pieces, copious amounts of water is applied to the fire pit, and the contents of the pit are mixed with a shovel to ensure the water is completely effective.

Ponderosa Fire would like to extend our thanks to Camp Navajo Fire Department for their quick response to assist us on this incident.

Ponderosa Fire would also like to extend a thanks to Want Water, a commercial water hauling company that services the Parks community. Want Water spotted the fire, notified fire officials, and applied their water to the fire to delay its spread until firefighters could arrive and commence operations.

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