WEDNESDAY JUNE 18, 2003 - 0530 MDT


Initial attack activity was moderate in the Rocky Mountain, Eastern Great
Basin, Southwest and Western Great Basin Areas, with 260 new fires
reported. Seven new large fires were reported, one in the Western Great
Basin Area, three in the Southwest Area, one in Alaska, and two in
Southern California. Two large fires were contained in Southern
California. Very high to extreme fire indices were reported in Alaska,
Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas,
Utah and Washington.


ASPEN, Coronado National Forest. A Type 1 Incident Management Team
(Humphrey) has been ordered. This fire is burning in timber with heavy
ground fuels near the town of Summer Haven, AZ. Active fire behavior was
observed, with torching and spotting one quarter mile ahead of the fire
front. A closure of the Catalina Highway and evacuation of nearby
residents is in effect.

CHERRY, Prescott National Forest. A Type 1 Incident Management Team
(Oltrogge) has been ordered. This fire is burning in chaparral and oak
north of the town of Cherry, AZ. Active fire behavior was observed, with
long runs and short range spotting. Several residences are threatened.
Heavy fuels are anticipated to be a problem.

PICTURE, Tonto National Forest. A Type 2 Incident Management Team
(Behrens) is assigned. This fire is burning ten miles northeast of Tonto
Basin, AZ. Resources continuing to construct control lines. No further
information was received.

LIZARD, Coconino National Forest. This fire is burning in pinyon pine and
juniper, nine miles southeast of Flagstaff, AZ. Significant runs with
spotting up to one half mile ahead of the front were observed. Personnel
are conducting burn out operations and flanking the fire. Further closures
of Interstate 40 are anticipated.

DRY LAKES COMPLEX, Gila National Forest. A Fire Use Management Team
(Goheen) is assigned. This lightning caused Wildland Fire Use complex,
comprised of the Dry, Lake, Sycamore and Moonshine fires, is 27 miles
northwest of Silver City, NM. The complex is being managed to accomplish
resource objectives. Short, uphill runs and backing were observed in
pinyon pine, ponderosa pine, grass and mixed stands of conifer. Crews are
preparing existing trails for a possible burn out operation on the
Moonshine Fire.

PICACHO RESERVOIR, State of Arizona. This fire is in grass and brush,
eight miles north of Picacho, AZ. The fire is slowly backing on the east
flank with occasional torching observed. Engine crews are patrolling and
monitoring the fire.

MORGAN, Gila National Forest. This lightning caused fire is in the Aldo
Leopold Wilderness Area, 34 miles west of Truth or Consequences, NM. The
fire is in ponderosa pine, grass and mixed conifer with heavy dead and
down fuels. No new information was reported. MORMON, Coconino National
Forest. This fire, previously reported on June 15, is in pinyon pine, 19
miles southeast of Flagstaff, AZ. The fire is being managed with a
confinement strategy. Isolated areas of active fire behavior were

NAME | | | |CTN| CTN |PERS | | | |LOSS|C-T-D
ASPEN |AZ| CNF| 120| 0| UNK| 184| 4| 8| 0| 0| NR
CHERRY |AZ| PNF| 800| 0| UNK| 86| 2| 5| 2| 0| NR
PICTURE |AZ| TNF| NR| NR| UNK| 65| 2| 2| 3| 0| NR
LIZARD |AZ| COF| 2903| 30| 6/19| 124| 3| 7| 0| 0| 102K
DRY LAKES COMPL|NM| GNF| 18800| 0| UNK| 68| 2| 0| 2| 0| 246K
PICACHO RESERVO|AZ| AZS| 850| 90| 6/20| 7| 0| 2| 0| 0| 13K
MORGAN |NM| GNF| 3861| NR| UNK| 46| 1| 0| 1| 0| 48K
MORMON |AZ| COF| 2600| NR| 6/30| 2| 0| 0| 0| 0| 6K