Springerville, AZ., July 31, 2019 — For Immediate Release. The lighting-caused Bagnal Wildfire was discovered July 26, 2019 and is burning on the Lakeside Ranger District of the Apache – Sitgreaves National Forests. The Wildfire started as a single snag and has increased to 2200 acres, burning grass and ponderosa pine.
The wildfire is located one mile southwest of Show Low and is bordered on the east by Forest Service road 140, on the north and west by FSR 136 & 300 to the south. The Bagnal Wilfire received precipitation Tuesday afternoon. Fire managers expect the Bagnal Wildfire to receive even more precipitation within the next few days, reducing the amount of smoke and fire intensity from Wednesday onward, toward the end of the week.
Because the Bagnal Wildfire is close to its preplanned perimeter, smoke is expected to lessen significantly within the next few days. Fire managers do not expect the duration of the fire last much longer. There is minimal fire behavior over the majority of the Bagnal Wildfire and it poses no danger to structures or other local infrastructure. Showers and thunderstorms are likely through the end of the week and may influence the use of firing operations within the perimeter.
Visitor Information: If you are sensitive to smoke, visit the Arizona Department of Health Services website at: www.azdhs.gov/preparedness/epidemiology-disease-control/extreme-weather/index.php#wildfires-home for additional information regarding dangers of wildfire and prescribed burn smoke & wildfire preparedness.
• Current Resources: Three engines and one dozer
• Current Size: About 2200 acres
• Predicted Smoke Impacts: Smoke is visible from US Highways 260, US Hwy 60, and US Hwy 77 near Show Low, AZ.
• Recent and Current Operations: Current weather conditions may influence the use of firing operations, which may be conducted as needed in order to strengthen control lines.
Questions or concerns, please contact Doreen.ethelbah-gatewood@usda,gov, 928-333-6263, or visit the ASNFs website at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/asnfs or join the conversation on Facebook at www.facebook.com/apachesitreavesnfs or follow us on Twitter @A_SNFs
Fire restrictions: The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest is not currently on any fire restrictions. Visitors are reminded to be very careful with fire. Never leave a fire unattended – even for a short period of 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/