WHITE MOUNTAIN ZONE
Incident Management Team
Ben Plumb – Incident Commander
Public Information Officer: 928-245-1585
Firefighters Work To Corral G22 As Drying Trend Persists
G22 Fire Update: Saturday, April 10, 2021
Location of Origin: 10 miles northwest of Cibecue, Arizona
Start Date: April 4, 2021
Size: 1,611 Acres
Cause: Under Investigation
Percent Contained: 0
Fuels: Grass/brush understory, snags, pine-stringers
Resources Assigned: 4 Type 6 engines, 1 Type 4 engine, 2 dozers, 20 person IHC crew, 19-person IA hand crew, 10 person IA hand crew, 2 water tenders, medical team, 1 type 3 helicopter, and other miscellaneous incident management overhead.
Operations: A favorable shift in wind direction slowed the G22 fires progression along the most active portions of the northern flanks yesterday. A few spot fires were identified and quickly contained. Firefighters monitored prior burnout operations and continued to prep the G32 and Springs Ridge roads to mitigate spread. Today, firefighters will monitor fire activity from yesterday’s operations, and continue to utilize dozer and handlines to contain the fire along the north and eastern flanks, while holding the already burned edges on the south and west portions of the fire.
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: The drying trend is expected to continue today with slightly warmer temperatures near 75 degrees, and wind gusts up to 25 mph in the afternoon.
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/
•Apache-Sitgreaves NFs: https://www.fs.usda.gov/news/asnf/news-events
•ADEQ Air Quality Information: https://azdeq.gov/node/7077