Bear Fire Monday, June 10, 2024

Location of Origin: 5 miles SW of Cibecue, AZ
Start Date: June 8, 2024
Size: 438 acres
Percent Contained: 0%
Cause: Undetermined, Under Investigation
Fuels: Pinyon-Juniper, Grassland
Resources Assigned: 6 Crews, 2 Dozers, 4 Engines, 1 Helicopter, 4 Water Tenders

The Bear Fire has increased in size and complexity, and the White Mountain Zone Type 3 Incident Management Team assumed command at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, June 10, 2024.

Operations: Aerial resources have been crucial in slowing the progress of the Bear Fire. Helicopters and other aerial resources will continue that effort in today’s operations. Weather is expected to trend towards hotter and drier conditions today, and firefighting crews will look to engage directly in suppression efforts, but only when it is safe to do so.

Safety: Wildfire smoke may impact Cibecue, Carrizo, and the White Mountain communities. The public is encouraged to prepare and follow the Ready, Set, Go! program to prepare for any threats to their community.

Evacuations: There are no evacuations currently. Residents of Cibecue are in “READY” status. Go to https://311info.net/ for accurate and timely status updates.

Closures: To provide for the safety of the public and firefighters, the G-3 and G- 4 roads are closed to the public.

Values at Risk: Emory Oak groves in the area, cultural sites and heritage resources, tribal sensitive species, cattle and grazing, watersheds and riparian areas, woodland areas, the Highway 60 and BIA Route 12 transportation corridors, natural springs, and Cibecue Falls.

Weather: Today’s forecast calls for mostly sunny skies with a high of 91 degrees and winds 5-10 mph.

Smoke: Go to fire.airnow.gov/ to see the latest smoke conditions in your community. Smoke may be visible from the surrounding communities.

Official fire information can be found on these sites:

•     Inciweb: https://inciweb.wildfire.gov/incident-information/azfta-bear-fire
•     Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BIAFAAFireMgt

Bear Fire

3:00 pm -update acres – Bear Fire is now 275 acres.
The Bear Fire is located about 5 miles west of Cibecue on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. The fire is estimated to be about 155 acres and burning within a pinyon-juniper forest. Air resources are actively working the fire. Other resources on the fire include a Type 6 Engine, Fort Apache Hotshots and Fort Apache Fuels Crew. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. The White Mountain Zone Type 3 Team has been ordered to assume command of the fire.

Lakeside Ranger District plans prescribed fire and public meeting

SPRINGERVILLE, Ariz. – April 16, 2024 – The Lakeside Ranger District plans to conduct prescribed fire operations on the Lakeside Ranger District starting as early as April 22 and may continue through May 15, 2024 as weather and vegetation conditions allow for successful operations. Fire managers will be monitoring weather conditions leading up to, during, and after implementation to ensure conditions are favorable.
The Rodeo-Chediski Prescribed Fire project includes the Bear unit at 1,321 acres, and the Yellow Jacket unit at 1,186 acres. The Bear and Yellow Jacket Units are 3 miles to the south of Pinedale and to the east of Pinedale Estates along Forest Road (FR) 131, FR 300, FR 263, and FR 143.

A public meeting will be held at the Pinedale Work Center on Friday, April 19, 2024 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Forest Service Fire Managers and other fire officials will be in attendance to provide a briefing about the prescribed fire project, and will answer questions for those that may be impacted by smoke or are just interested in getting additional information.

Smoke may be visible from the City of Show Low, Pinetop-Lakeside, communities of Pinedale, Clay Springs, and Snowflake. Smoke could also travel across Highways 260, 77 and 60. Smoke could last for several days after initial ignitions take place but should be significantly less each day afterwards. Air quality information can be found at https://www.airnow.gov/.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is a partner on this prescribed fire project which aims to improve wildlife habitat within hunting unit 3C. The burn treatment will improve range habitat for elk, mule deer, turkey, pronghorn, and bear. Prescribed fires support land management objectives by improving plant and wildlife habitat, reducing the threat of invasive species on the landscape, and help protect communities from extreme wildfires. This prescribed fire is within the Four Forest Restoration Initiative area (4FRI) and is part of the Forest Service’s Wildfire Crisis Strategy to reduce wildfire risk to nearby communities and natural resources.

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