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,


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.

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions begin June 6, 2024 at 8:00 a.m.


June 5, 2024

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Starting June 6, 2024

ST JOHNS, AZ- On Monday, June 3, 3024, the White Mountain Fire Coordinating Group Voting Members met to discuss the current conditions of the forests throughout the region. The group, composed of representatives from federal and state forestry, BLM, BIA, Tribal, County, and local emergency response agencies, unanimously decided that current forest conditions warrant Stage 1 Fire Restrictions. The decision to enter restrictions was made by reviewing a number of factors, including fire potential outlook, energy release components (ERC’s), weather forecasts, local resources, and more.

Beginning Thursday, June 6, 2024, at 8:00 a.m., the unincorporated areas of Apache and Navajo County, the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, State Trust Land, the City of Show Low, the Towns of Pinetop and Lakeside will enact Stage 1 Fire Restrictions.

Under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions The following acts are prohibited until further notice:

  1. Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire (unless noted in the exemptions below).
  •  Smoking outside of designated areas.
  • Use of any and all fireworks.
  • Use of explosive targets.
  • Use of tracer round ammunition.

Exemptions: An exemption does not absolve an individual or organization from liability or responsibility for any fire started by the exempted activity.

  1. Persons obtaining a written “Special Use Permit” from the “Authority Having Jurisdiction” that specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited act.
  2. Fires used only for the cooking of food or for providing warmth for human beings or for recreational purposes (campfires and charcoal fires) in an area that is designated for that purpose and is barren or cleared of all debris for 3 feet in diameter around the device. Permissible items include propane fire rings, pellet stoves/smokers/grills that have UL or FM approval and are a contained unit. A person of appropriate age must maintain a presence at all times when in operation.
  3. Smoking within enclosed buildings and inside vehicles is allowed. Smoking may also be allowed in or on porches, carports, garages, parking lots and other areas or properties which are cleared of all combustible materials so long as the smoking does not create a substantial risk of fire and all smoking materials are properly extinguished and disposed of. At no time is it allowed to discard lit cigarettes, cigars, or other smoking materials from a vehicle, or from ones’ possession in a public place. ARS 13-1603.a.1
  4. Persons using a device solely fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off. Such devices with UL and/or FM approval can only be used in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within 3 feet of the device. A person of appropriate age must always maintain a presence with the device when in operation.
  5. Persons conducting activities in those designated areas where the activity is specifically authorized by written posted notice.
  6. Emergency repair of public utilities and railroads as per attached conditions.
  7. Any Federal, State, or local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.
  8. All land within a city boundary is exempt unless otherwise stated by city ordinance.
  9. Other exemptions unique to each “Authority Having Jurisdiction”.

“Fire restrictions are precautionary measures that help prevent human-caused wildfires and unnecessary dangers to first responders,” Navajo County Emergency Manager, Catrina Jenkins said. “With conditions as dry as they are, and no significant projected moisture for relief, this is the right time to enter restrictions.”

Although the region received snow/rain over the winter/spring, the moisture does not mean that fire restrictions are not necessary as the summer temperatures heat up. “Fire is a year-round threat to our region and our citizens and visitors must remain vigilant,” said Jenkins. Even with warnings from forest experts, some residents and visitors may still feel that the restrictions do not apply to them. Jenkins clarified that “restrictions apply to everyone, full-time/part-time residents as well as visitors, and no one is exempt from these rules”.

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