WHITE MOUNTAIN ZONE
Incident Management Team
Ben Plumb – Incident Commander
Public Information Officer: 928-245-1585
Firefighters Battle To Contain G22 Fire
G22 Fire Update: Monday, April 12, 2021
Location of Origin: 10 miles northwest of Cibecue, Arizona
Start Date: April 3, 2021
Size: 1,761 Acres
Cause: Under Investigation
Percent Contained: 10
Fuels:Grass/brush understory, snags, pine-stringers
Resources Assigned: 7 Type 6 engines, 1 Type 4 engine, 2 dozers, 2-20 person IHC crews, 19-person IA hand crew, 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, firefighters patrolled roads in the most active portions of the fire to assess any threats and extinguish hot spots near containment lines. Burnout operations were successful in holding the fires spread along the northern flank, and containment lines were completed. Prep work for additional burnout operations will continue today with the assistance of a type 1 helicopter that will be used to support tactical maneuvers. The priority for fire managers is to hold the already burned edges on the southern, western, and northern flanks. Crews will conduct firing operations on the eastern flank today.
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 forecast is calling for more warm and dry conditions with southwest winds gusting up to 23 mph and a high of 69. Winds are expected to increase tomorrow and could produce critical fire weather conditions.
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