Category Archives: Dept Response

Structural Fire response today…

High Country Fire-Rescue (HCFR) responded to a private residence structural fire today in Valle, Arizona, our northern most response area.  The call originated via a citizen calling 911 with HCFR toned out at approximately 11:15 a.m.  Our department responded with five firefighters, command vehicle, two engines and one water tender.  Additionally responding were two firefighters and one engine from Junipine Fire District, and three firefighters and one engine from Tusayan Fire District.

A Coconino County Sheriff Deputy (CCSO) was first on-scene and determined property owner was not present.  Upon HCFR’s arrival a section of the fire had already spread to the attic with the roof self vented and the structure  three-fourths involved.  At such time, it was determined to be unsafe for any firefighter entrance inside the structure.  Therefore, all personnel took a defensive attack to control the fire to eliminate it spreading to other structures on the property or the ground cover adjacent to the involved structure.  The main house structure was a total loss.

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Cause of the fire is undetermined at this time.  The CCSO Deputy contract the property owner to inform them of the fire and resulting damage.  There were no injuries of personnel during this response.  All units were clear of the scene at approximately 4:30 p.m.

High Country would like to thank the Coconino County Sheriff Deputy, Junipine Fire District and Tusayan Fire District personnel and apparatus during this response, and Sherwood Forest Fire District for being on stand-by to respond as needed.

Photo credits:  Chief R. Trotter


Year 2015 Response Stats for HCFR

Recent Wildland Fire in our area serves as reminder…..

On June 21, 2014, our department responded to a report of smoke in the Howard Mesa area. Available apparatus included 12 engines, 3 tenders, 1 dozer, 1 helicopter, and 50+ firefighters. After five hours the fire was contained with no reported injuries. Our department returned a couple more times to ensure the area remained safe and free of pop-up or additional fire.

A full media release by our department concerning this fire, including photos, has been published with FLAGscanner.

We ask that all of our rural residents be vigilant to any possible smoke and report such a siting immediately to 911.  During this dry period, along with potentially gusty winds, the chance of fire from even one small spark is extremely elevated.  In our open rural area, a wildland fire can spread quickly and endanger private property and citizens alike.

Remember that a fire can start from many types of “normal” outdoor activities which can include use of chainsaws, charcoal grills, starting and unattended fires, and much more.  Current county restrictions include residents a ban any type of item or equipment which may produce even the smallest spark.  (Refer to current county restrictions.)

Help us keep our area safe and fire free.  Everyone working together can ensure the preservation of our area.


Thank you to area departments…

High Country Fire-Rescue would like to thank the following departments for responding to our request for mutual aid this past week during a residential structure fire in the Howard Mesa area:
Tusayan FD
Williams FD
Sherwood Forest FD
Ponderosa FD

Your assistance was greatly appreciated by our department.

update…Responding to accident on Hwy 64….

….just north of I-40 & Hwy 64…..use caution in the area and MOVE OVER, SLOW DOWN for emergency vehicles.  Unknown at this time how many vehicles are involved nor if any  injuries.

UPDATE:  DPS canceling call.