Dry Windy and Red Flag Warnings

6/9/18 8:00 a.m. – The National Weather Service has issued forecast information for today  and Sunday including more wind! Many areas of northern Arizona will be under Red Flag Warnings today and that area will increase on Sunday! Red Flag Warnings are issued with sustained winds combined with very low relative humidity combine to cause Critical Fire Weather. This means any fires that start will easily spread!

Fire restrictions remain in place throughout the entire region! These restrictions are in effect for visitors as well as residents and should not be taken lightly. Law enforcement will issue citations for violations. Make sure you know what is and is not allowed in your area as there are differences between Federal forest, State, County, Tribal and Cities/Towns restrictions. Check the “Fire Restrictions, Closures and Maps” tab on our home page to learn more!

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**377 Fire Update**

  377 Fire FINAL Update, June 7, 2018 P.M.

Discovered: Monday, June 4, 2018

Location:  5 miles northeast of Heber/Overgaard, Arizona

Percent contained:  70%

Size: 4,514 acres              

Cause: Human Caused                                                                            

Vegetation: Pinyon-Juniper, grass understory

Personnel Assigned: 111

Update: Despite strong sustained winds through the day fire lines surrounding the fire held strong. Flair-ups and single tree torching was observed within the interior of the fire; However, no significant threats to the line were detected.  Crews continued to reinforce, mop-up, monitor, and patrol the fire line throughout the day.

Friday morning, command of the fire will transition to a Type 4 Incident Command, James McLaughlin, Incident Commander (IC) and Sean Loscudo, IC Trainee.  Crews will continue to focus on mop-up, monitor, and patrol of the fire line.

This will be the final update issued by Chris Johnson’s White Mountain Zone Type 3 Incident Management Team.

Weather: Tomorrow’s weather will again be close to critical fire weather, with temperatures in the low 90s and daytime relative humidity in the single digits. Winds will be 10 to 15 miles per hour (mph) and gusts to 25 mph. 

Closures and Evacuations: Arizona State Route (SR) 377 between Holbrook and SR 277 is scheduled to re-open this evening at 8:00 p.m. with reduced speed limits through the fire zone.  Motorists are reminded to drive with extreme caution through the fire zone. Be alert for fire crews working along the shoulder as well as emergency vehicles entering the highway.  Visibility within the fire zone can drop to near zero without notice due to blowing dust, ash, and debris.  With the opening of SR 377, all closures and evacuations related to the 377 Fire have been lifted.

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Fire Restrictions Remain in Effect!

6/8/18 – Northeastern Arizona Public Information would like to remind all of our citizens and visitors that restrictions are still in place! The above flyers for unincorporated areas of Apache and Navajo Counties shows what is or is not permitted at this time. Many cities and towns have adopted similar restrictions while some that are not centered in the Wildland Urban Interface have not.

Understanding that there are variances between jurisdictions we suggest that you “Know Before You Go!” so that you are well informed. You can find more information for the various jurisdictions by checking the tab Fire Restrictions, Closures and Maps tab on our home page or by visiting www.firerestrictions.us.

 

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