Red Flag Warning issued for Thursday, April 15, 2021

A Red Flag Warning has been issued for eastern Arizona including portions of Coconino, Navajo, and Apache Counties Thursday, April 15th from 10 am MST / 11 am MDT through 8 pm MST / 9 pm MDT.

A Wind Advisory has also been issued in conjunction with the Red Flag Warning for eastern Arizona including portions of Coconino, Navajo, and Apache Counties Thursday from 10 am MST / 11 am MDT through 8 pm MST / 9 pm MDT.

As a reminder…Burning is NEVER permitted during a Red Flag event

Red Flag Warning for Navajo, Apache and Coconino Counties

The National Weather Service in Flagstaff has issued a Red Flag Warning due to strong winds and low relative humidity for Wednesday, April 14, 2021 from noon to 8 PM MST.

Remember, burning is NEVER permitted during a red flag event as A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring or are imminent. A combination of strong winds and low relative humidity can contribute to extreme fire behavior.

* AFFECTED AREA…Locations near Buffalo Pass, Dilkon, Eagar- Springerville, Forest Lakes, Ganado, Heber-Overgaard, Holbrook, Kykotsmovi, Saint Johns, Snowflake-Taylor, Window Rock and Winslow. This includes portions of the Apache- Sitgreaves National Forest, Coconino National Forest and Tonto National Forest.

* WINDS will be out of the Southwest 20 to 30 mph with gusts 40-50 mph.

Firefighters Making Progress On G22 Firelines G22 Fire Update: Tuesday, April 13, 2021

WHITE MOUNTAIN ZONE
Incident Management Team
Ben Plumb – Incident Commander
Public Information Officer: 928-245-1585

Firefighters Making Progress On G22 Firelines
G22 Fire Update: Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Location of Origin: 10 miles northwest of Cibecue, Arizona
Start Date: April 3, 2021
Size: 2,008 Acres
Cause: Under Investigation
Percent Contained: 21
Personnel: 171
Fuels:Grass/brush understory, snags, pine-stringers
Resources Assigned: 8 Type 6 engines, 1 Type 4 engine, 2 dozers, 2-20 person IHC crews, 2-Type 2 IA hand crews, 10 person IA hand crew, 2 water tenders, 2 medical teams, 1 Rapid Extraction Medic Team (REMS), 1 type 3 Helicopter, 1 Type 1 Helicopter, and other miscellaneous incident management overhead.

Operations: Yesterday’s burnout operations were successful and threats to containment lines have been moderated. Crews will continue to monitor areas where firing operations were conducted yesterday and will work to hold the burned edges on the south and west flanks. Firefighters will mop-up along the already burned flanks today, extinguishing any hot spots, to increase the width of the blackened edges and secure containment lines along the north and east flanks.

Closures: The junction of the 27/28 road, north of Grasshopper Ranch and Salt Creek north of Chediski Lookout, is closed due to fire activity.

Weather: Winds will begin to strengthen today with expected gusts up to 28 mph, with a high of 68 degrees. A Fire Weather Watch is in effect from Wednesday afternoon through Wednesday evening, and is issued when the combination of dry fuels and weather conditions support extreme fire danger.

Values at risk: Fire fighter and public safety are the highest priorities for the incident management team. The G22 fire area includes important lands to the White Mountain Apache people. Firefighters are working to protect commercial timberlands, watersheds, riparian areas, rangelands, heritage sites, and recreation and wilderness areas.

Safety: Smoke may be visible from Cibecue and White Mountain communities, and along U.S. 60 and 260. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures.

Official fire information can be found on these sites.
• G22 Fire Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7371/
• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BIAFAAFireMgt/
• Apache-Sitgreaves NFs: https://www.fs.usda.gov/news/asnf/news-events
• ADEQ Air Quality Information: https://azdeq.gov/node/7077

White Mountain Zone
Type 3 Incident Management Team