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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