Blue River Fire Update 7/11/2019

Incident Start Date: 6/29/2019

    Cause: Lightning/ Natural

  Size: 2168 acres

Containment: 40%

Incident Type: Wildfire

Vegetation Type: Timber & Short Grass

Suppression Strategy: Point/Zone Protection,

Resources Assigned: 2 Engines.

Total Personnel: 6

Current Situation: On June 30, 2019, Fire managers received a report of smoke in the vicinity of Campbell Blue drainage west of Blue River Ranch. Due to the overabundance of snags from the 2011 Wallow Fire, as well as steep slopes, this naturally occurring low intensity fire is currently being monitored by both onsite crews as well as air resources. This lightening caused fire will be used to reintroduce fire into the ecosystem, restore natural fire regimes, and remove excess fuels.

Today’s Plan: Due to the hot and dry conditions, the Blue River fire increased in activity on the west flank. Due to this increased activity, crews had to burnout along the Campbell Blue Creek and the Luce Ranch. The burnout was successful. Today the engine crews will patrol and monitor the fireline they burned out yesterday.

Smoky Conditions Remain in the Area: Smoke from the Blue River Fire may be visible from the Blue River road going south of Alpine. Light smoke may continue to impact Campbell Blue and the Blue community.

Visitor Information: If you are sensitive to smoke, visit Arizona Department of Health Services website at http://www.azdhs.gov/preparedness/epidemiology-disease-control/extreme-weather/index.php#wildfires-home  for additional information regarding the dangers of wildfire and prescribed burn smoke and wildfire preparedness.

Closures and Restrictions:   None

Road and Trail Closures:  None

Fire restrictions: The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest is not currently in fire restrictions. Visitors are reminded to be very careful with fire. Never leave a fire unattended – even for a short time.

Additional Information on wildfire and wildfire safety can be found at:

o   Northeastern Arizona Public Information System: http://311info.net/ or call 311 or 928.333.3412

o   Arizona Fire Restrictions: http://firerestrictions.us/az/

o   Fire Restrictions and Red Flag Alerts: http://wildlandfire.az.gov/

o   Wildfires Near Me: http://www.wildfiresnearme.wfmrda.com/

o   Fire Information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6413/

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USFS News Release – Blue River Fire Update

Incident Start Date: 6/29/2019 Cause: Lightning/Natural Percent contained: 40%
Incident Type: Wildfire Size: 1439 Acres Fuel: Timber & Short Grass
Resources assigned: 1 Engine. Total Personnel: 3 Suppression Strategy: Point / Zone Protection

Current Situation: On June 30, 2019, Fire managers received a report of smoke in the vicinity of Campbell Blue drainage west of Blue River Ranch. Due to the overabundance of snags from the 2011 Wallow Fire, as well as steep slopes, this naturally occurring low intensity fire is currently being monitored by both onsite crews as well as air resources. This lightening caused fire will be used to reintroduce fire into the ecosystem, restore natural fire regimes, and remove excess fuels.

Today’s Plan: The fire received rainfall Saturday night and Sunday. This rain slowed the spread of the fire. All resources were released. The fire will be monitored by 1 local engine. There are still stump holes and large logs that are continuing to smoke on the interior of the fire.

Smoky Conditions Remain in the Area: Smoke from the Blue River Fire may be visible from the Blue River road going south of Alpine. Light smoke may continue to impact Campbell Blue and the Blue community.

Visitor Information: If you are sensitive to smoke, visit the Arizona Department of Health Services website at http://www.azdhs.gov/preparedness/epidemiology-disease-control/extreme-weather/index.php#wildfires-home for additional information regarding the dangers of wildfire and prescribed burn smoke and wildfire preparedness.

Closures and Restrictions: None
Road and Trail Closures: None

Fire restrictions: The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest is not currently in fire restrictions. Visitors are reminded to be very careful with fire. Never leave a fire unattended – even for a short time.

Additional Information on wildfire and wildfire safety can be found at:
o Northeastern Arizona Public Information System: http://311info.net/ or call 311 or 928.333.3412
o Arizona Fire Restrictions: http://firerestrictions.us/az/
o Fire Restrictions and Red Flag Alerts: http://wildlandfire.az.gov/
o Wildfires Near Me: http://www.wildfiresnearme.wfmrda.com/
o Fire Information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6413/

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Whiting Knoll Fire July 6, 2019 – Final Update

Location: Whiting Knoll Cause: Lightning Percent contained: 50%
Date Reported: June 30, 10 a.m. Size: 2,280 acres Fuel: Mixed Conifer, Ponderosa, grass understory Resources assigned: 5 engines, 3 hand crews, 2 bulldozer, 1 helicopter, 1 water tender

Springerville, July 6, 2019 – For Immediate Release – Yesterday crews continued with back fire operations around the fire’s perimeter, consuming unburned fuels between the main fire and the fire line, bringing the fire to 50% containment. Navopache Electric Cooperative was able to access the tripped powerline, make repairs, and restore power by mid-day.

Today all main roads in the fire area are re-opened. Crews will monitor the fire and begin mop-up along the fire lines. This will be the final update on the Whiting Fire unless significant events occur.

Weather: An increasing chance of thunderstorms is expected across the White Mountains today through Sunday. Winds will be light but can become variable and gusty around approaching thunderstorms.

Safety: Smoke impacts will be light as fire activity winds down. U.S. Highway 60 between mileposts 370 and 379 may still be impacted by hazy conditions at times. Please drive with caution through areas impacted by smoke and fire.

Road Closures and Restrictions: All main roads in the fire area have been reopened. Visitors are reminded to be alert for fire crews and drive with caution through the area.

Individuals sensitive to smoke are encouraged to visit the Arizona Department of Health Services website at http://www.azdhs.gov/preparedness/epidemiology-disease-control/extreme-weather/index.php#wildfires-home for additional information regarding the dangers of wildfire and prescribed burn smoke and wildfire preparedness. Air quality data from across the state can be viewed at www.Phoenix.net/PPMmain.aspx.

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