Bear Fire Update 6/12/2024

Bear Fire

Wednesday, June 12, 2024


Location of Origin:
5 miles SW of Cibecue, AZ         

Start Date: June 8, 2024      

Size: 446 acres                                                            

Percent Contained: 0%

Cause: Undetermined, Under Investigation               

Fuels: Pinyon-Juniper, Grassland 

Resources Assigned: 9 Crews, 1 Dozer, 4 Engines, 1 Helicopter, 4 Water Tenders                

Operations: With the help of aerial resources, firefighters were able to engage both divisions of the Bear Fire yesterday and extinguish hot spots along the edges. Crews completed fire lines around the Black Fire and cold trailed to identify any areas where heat remained. Firefighters plan to directly engage today and will continue to look for hot spots that may threaten control lines. An Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) module has been deployed to gather intelligence, conduct infrared mapping to identify areas that may be holding heat, and inform fire managers of current fire conditions on the ground.

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: Hot, dry weather will continue with temperatures reaching 98 degrees and winds 10-15 mph.

Smoke: Wildfire smoke may impact Cibecue, Carrizo, and the White Mountain communities. Go to fire.airnow.gov/ to see the latest smoke conditions in your community. Smoke may be visible from the surrounding communities.

Events: A public meeting will be held to update the local communities on the progress of the Bear Fire and to review the Ready-Set-Go! program on June 12, 2024 at 7 p.m. at the Dishchiibikoh Community School, 315 S Elm Dr, Cibecue, AZ 85911.

Bear Fire June 11, 2024

Bear Fire

Monday, June 11, 2024

Location of Origin: 5 miles SW of Cibecue, AZ        

Start Date: June 8, 2024      

Size: 446 acres                                                            

Percent Contained: 0%

Cause: Undetermined, Under Investigation                

Fuels: Pinyon-Juniper, Grassland 

Resources Assigned: 6 Crews, 1 Dozer, 4 Engines, 1 Helicopter, 4 Water Tenders        

Operations: The Bear Fire is burning in rugged terrain and has thus far provided only minimal access to firefighting resources. Increased temperatures and lower humidities resulted in 30-acres of new fire growth across retardant lines yesterday. Additionally, three new fires started approximately 1 mile from the northern most edge of the main fire yesterday. The three new fire starts have been collectively designated as the Black Fire and will also be managed by the White Mountain Zone Incident Management Team. Firefighters will continue to look for access points to safely engage along the flanks of the Bear Fire today, and aerial resources will continue to be deployed to aid firefighting efforts on the ground.

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

Evacuations: There are no evacuations currently. Residents of Cibecue are in “READY” status. The public is encouraged to prepare and follow the Ready, Set, Go! program to prepare for any threats to their community. Go to https://311info.net/ for accurate and timely status updates.

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: Hot, dry weather is expected to continue with temperatures reaching 96 degrees and winds 5-10 mph.

Smoke: Wildfire smoke may impact Cibecue, Carrizo, and the White Mountain communities. Go to fire.airnow.gov/ to see the latest smoke conditions in your community. Smoke may be visible from the surrounding communities.


Bear Fire as of 6/9/2024

Bear Fire Bear Fire Summary

Location: 5 miles sw of Cibecue, AZ

Fire Cause: Undetermined, Under Investigation

Fire Size: 520 acres

Fuel Type: Pinyon-Juniper, Grassland

Containment: 0%

Resources: Air Resources, 2 Type 1 Crews, 2 Type 2IA Crew, 1 dozer, 1 Type 6 Engine Fire start: Saturday, June 8, 2024

Summary: Yesterday, air resources were utilized to slow the progress of the Bear Fire. Fire activity was low overnight allowing retardant lines to hold. This morning, air resources completed retarndant lines around the fire. Fire crews will take advantage of weather conditons and will look for opportunities to conduct direct fire tactics. The White Mountain Zone Type 3 Incident Management Team under the leadership of Ben Plumb, Type 3 Incident Commander will assume command of the fire at 0700 a.m. on Monday, June 10, 2024. Closures: The G-3 and G- 4 roads are closed. Safety: The health and safety of firefighters and the public are always the number one priority. Wildfire smoke may impact Cibecue and the White Mountain communities. The public is encouraged to take precautionary measures. Announcement: The Fort Apache Indian Reservation is in Stage 1 Fire Restrictions year around. This means that campfires are not allowed outside of designated campgrounds. Smoking is also not allowed outside of an enclosed vehicle or building. Fireworks are always prohibited. If you have any questions regarding the Bear Fire, you can call Candy Lupe, Public Information Officer at (928) 205-5752 or you can log onto BIA Fort Apache Fort Apache Agency’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/BIAFAAFireMgt.

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