Maverick Burn 06/23/1997
In the Peloncillo Mountains of southern Arizona and New Mexico, the Maverick Burn began June 23, 1997 at 9:00 AM after being postponed from the summer of 1996. Ignition was completed by the evening of June 25, 1997 at 5:00 PM. The fire was monitored and managed through July 5th, at which time it became necessary to mop it up and put it to bed. Objectives of the fire were met, all slop overs were ecologically beneficial, even though at times they required direct attention to meet political objectives, to respect neighbors' wishes, and to be sensitive to administrative constraints. In Cottonwood Basin, Cowboy Flats, Estes, Wood and Sycamore Canyons a total of 12,500 acres were treated, with 7,200 acres (58% ) actually burned. The project cost approximately $40,000. to implement, which equals $3.20 per treated acre. The project included treating 3,520 acres ( 28% of the total treated acres) of state and private land, of which 1,080 acres were actually burned. The MBG cost shared the project with the US Forest Service.