Multiple Fires on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests

 

News Release

 

Springerville, AZ—July 31, 2018 – The Grama Fire was reported on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at 7:45 a.m. Approximately 16 miles northwest of Forest Lakes, Navajo County, Arizona on the Black Mesa Ranger District in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests. The lightning-caused Grama Fire is being managed to fulfill the natural role in the forest ecosystem. The fire is about 460 acres. Fuels consist mostly of ponderosa pine with a timber understory, Gambel oak, and pinon/juniper. Crews will be continuing with burn operations consuming the fuels on the containment lines today if weather conditions allow. The final anticipated project area for the Grama Fire is approximately 2,153 acres. Incident commander Nate Parsons’ Type 4 is assigned to this incident.

The Ranch Fire was reported on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. 11:00 a.m. Located about 25 miles south of Winslow, Coconino County, Arizona on the Black Mesa Ranger District in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests. The lightning caused fire is burning in a remote portion of the Black Mesa Ranger District in moderate to heavy brush and grass. It is approximately 1,500 acres. It is also being managed to attain the natural role of fire in the forest ecosystem. The total project area is estimated to be around 11,570 acres. A Type 3 helicopter will be providing aerial ignitions today and the crews will be undertaking prep work around the Babbitt Winter Ranch. The fire is being managed by incident commander Gary Strickland Type 3.

The Hub Point Fire was reported on July 27, 2018. It is located two miles east of Pinedale, Navajo County, Arizona on the Lakeside Ranger District in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests. It is burning in timber, brush and short grass, with moderate fire behavior. They will be holding the lines using the current road system and will be burning fuels along those roads to strengthen the containment lines. The fire manager’s strategy is to use it for multiple objectives in fostering a healthy forest. The projected acreage of the project is about 2,000 acres. Ken Owens’ Type 4 is assigned to the incident.

For more information on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests and its district offices, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/asnf , follow us on Twitter @A_SNFs or join the conversation on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/apachesitgreavesnfs/.
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***WEATHER ADVISORY FOR THE FOREST LAKES TO HEBER- OVERGAARD AREA***

At 1216 PM MST, Doppler radar was tracking a line of strong
thunderstorms extending from near Forest Lakes to 19 miles east of Haigler Creek to near Aripine. These storm are nearly stationary.

Nickel size hail, heavy rain, and winds in excess of 30 mph will be possible with these storms.

Locations impacted include…
Forest Lakes, Clay Springs, Aripine, Linden, Pinedale, Spillway Campground, Airplane Flat Campground, Gentry Campground, Canyon Point
Campground, Forest Road 195 Campground, Mogollon Campground, Forest Road 237 Camping Area, Rim Campground, Woods Canyon Lake Campground, Canyon Creek Fish Hatchery, Lewis Canyon Group Campground, Black Canyon Rim Campground, Sinkhole Campground, Crook Campground and Forest Road 171 Campground.

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Flash Flood Warning for Cedar Creek

7/27/18 – The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for Cedar Creek. go near the creek! Move to higher ground now. Act quickly to protect your life.
Heavy rainfall over the Cedar fire scar will likely trigger life threatening flash floods in and downstream of the fire area.
Residences in the community of Cedar Creek may be affected by high water and debris. Some roadways will be inundated or washed out. Move to higher ground immediately. Areas impacted by this warning include but are not limited to Carrizo, the Cedar Creek community, Long Tom Canyon, and Cedar Canyon.

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