Tree Hazards Still Exist In Post-Fire Areas

The following message is brought to you by Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest:

 Please, be vigilant in your awareness while in post-fire areas. If you are in a post-fire area, whether camping, hunting, hiking, fishing or just enjoying the fresh air remember these areas still have a potential for tree hazards.

Even years after a fire tree hazards exist in the post-fire areas. Tree hazards include dead or dying trees, dead parts of live trees, or unstable live trees (due to structural defects or other factors) that are within striking distance of people or property. They have the potential to cause property damage, personal injury or fatality in the event of a failure.

The fire may have consumed a significant portion of a tree’s root system or lower trunk, although the tree is frequently left standing. These trees may fall at any time, even without wind. Fallen trees may get hung up on the branches of other trees and break away at a later time. Upper portions of the trunk and branches may have been partially consumed in the fire, yet still, retain a fragile connection to the tree. Again, these may break away from the main tree without warning. The wind will exacerbate the problem.

The Forest Service wants your visit to your National Forest to be both safe and enjoyable.



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R-14 Fire Update

June 17, 2017 Update

Fire Facts

Location: 5 miles south of Whiteriver Resources Assigned: 5 Type 6 Engines,  2 Water Tender, 3 Type 2 IA crews, 1 Type 2 Crew, Air Attack, 1 Type 3 Helicopter, 2 Dozers, Structure Protection
Containment: 10%, along highway 73
Start date: June 16, 2017, 1:30 PM Cause:  Under Investigation
Size: 750 acres Forest Type: grass, Pinyon/Juniper

Fire Activity:
Yesterday about 1:00 P.M.  six road side fires were detected along Highway 73 above the LandFill near Cedar Creek.  All fires joined together and consumed 506 acres.   Air support was successful in slowing the progression of the fire and created a slurry line along the west flank of the fire.  Today, fire personnel will work on securing the fire line and air support will conduct water drops to cool the fire edges. The Dozers will also work on the eastern flank of the fire to tie into the north flank of the fire.  Today will be a critical day for firefighters as the hot and dry temperatures will test the fire lines.

Weather:  Hot temperatures and high Haines indices are expected for the next several days.

Road Closures: Highway 73 from Canyon Day to Carrizo Junction is closed until further noticed.

Pre-evacuation Notification: A pre-evacuation notification for the residents of Cedar Creek is still in effect.  This means that Residents need to be on stand-by in the event an evacuation is ordered. Residents are allowed back into Cedar Creek from Carrizo Junction.  Residents should not drive around the community of Cedar Creek and should remain at their homes.

Safety:  A drone was detected last night on the R-14 fire.  If a drone is flying, all aviation operations will have to shut down. This poses a threat to aviation resources and firefighters as well as the public.  Flying a drone near a wildfire is illegal.

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R-14 Fire Cedar Creek Update

Photos from Today’s activity on the R-14 Fire

4:40 pm
Bureau of Indian Affairs, Wildland Fire Management
Contact: Candy Lupe, Public Information Officer, (928) 338-5425
R-14 Fires near Cedar Creek
Several road side fires were started along Highway 73 between Canyon Day and Cedar Creek on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. The fire is burning in a Pinyon Juniper Forest Type. The fire is estimated to be about 400 acres. Numerous resources are currently on the fire along with heavy air tankers . A fire investigator has been ordered to investigate the fire.
Highway 73 from Canyon Day to Carrizo Junction is closed until further noticed. More information will be forthcoming.
A pre-evacuation notice for the residents of Cedar Creek has been issued. This means that Residents need to be on stand-by in the event of an evacuation is ordered.

3:00 pm

Fire near Cedar Creek on Fort Apache Agency was reported early this afternoon. Initial reports estimate 30+ acres. Fire crews are on scene and heavy air tankers have been ordered. Cause of fire is unknown at this time. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

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