Paddy Creek Fire Update

The Paddy Creek fire continues backing into Paddy Creek Drainage. The south end of the fire is in steep, rugged terrain. Firefighters are continuing to construct line across the bottom of the fire to hold and contain the fire and the helicopter will be conducting bucket drops.
White Mountain Zone Type 3 Incident Management Team assumed command of the fire. The Incident Command Post will be located at the Maverick Elk Camp facilities.

Statistics:
Date started: May 21,2016
Equipment: 6 Type 6 Engines, 2 Dozers, 2 Water Tenders, 1 helicopter
Location: 26 miles NE of Whiteriver, Arizona, Patty Butte Number of personnel: Sante Fe Hotshots, Navajo Hotshots, San Carlos Type 2 IA Crew, Fort Apache 1 Type 2 IA Crew, Cibecue Fuels, Miscellaneous Overhead
Cause: Lightning
Structures threatened: none
Size: 520 acres
Fuel Type: Ponderosa Pine with brush understory, Mixed Conifer

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Paddy Creek Fire Update

The Paddy Creek Fire is transitioning into a Type 3 Incident, the White Mountain Zone Incident Management Team will assume command of the fire this evening. Yesterday, the dozer worked on the northern perimeter of the fire. Fire managers are concerned about the southwest portion of the fire as the fire is backing into Paddy Creek. Today crews will hold and monitor the fire.

Smoke may be visible from surrounding communities. Visitors are urge to use caution while driving in the area. For more information, contact 928-205-5662.

Statistics:
Started: 5/21/16
Cause: Lightning
Size: 389 acres
Location: Southeast portion of reservation
Equipment: 3 Type 6 Engines, 1 Dozer
Personnel: 35, Fort Apache 1 Type 2 IA Crew, Cibecue Fuels, Miscellaneous Overhead
Structures threatened: None
Fuel Type: Ponderosa Pine with brush understory, mixed conifer

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Wildfire Update for 5/23/16

There are several wildfires burning in the area which may be visible from local communities.

The Wildcate Fire is 4.3 acres and is located north of Forest Lakes. Smoke from this fire may be visible from State Highway 260.

The Paddy Creek Fire and Sawtooth Fire are approximately 389 acres and are burning on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. Smoke from these fires may be visible from State Highway 260.

The Wagon Fire is a small fire right off of the Rim near Lakeside. Smoke may be visible in the surrounding areas.

The National Weather Serviced is predicting a very windy day today with gusts up to 30 MPH. Please use caution when visiting public lands. In windy conditions an abandoned campfire can quickly turn to a large wildfire. There were 4 abandoned campfires this weekend. If you see an abandoned campfire either try to put it out or call dispatch (928)532-2700.

There are no fire restrictions at this time, but if you do have a campfire please be careful. Do not leave it unattended and make sure it is cool to the touch before leaving.

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