BONITO ROCK FIRE ON THE FORT APACHE INDIAN RESERVATION 4/21/2021


Whiteriver, Arizona:  The Bonito Rock fire was detected on Monday afternoon, April 19, 2021.  The fire is located about 17 miles east of Whiteriver, just east of last year’s Lofer Fire.  The fire is currently at 149 acres.  The fire is burning in ponderosa pine and mixed conifer, within steep and rugged terrain adding complexity in efforts to control it. The cause of the fire is unknown and a fire investigator is on order.   

Resources on the fire include: 1 Type 1 Helicopter, Globe Hotshots, Tribal Fuels, 2 dozers, Fort Apache Fuels, 2 Type 3 Engines and other resources are on order. Fire behavior has been moderate, driven by terrain and winds. Yesterday, firefighters hiked over a mile to reach the fire. There are no nearby roads to access the fire. Today, fire personnel will scout the area and develop a strategy to control the fire.  The main concern for today is a combination of strong winds and low relative humidities, as it can contribute to extreme fire behavior.  

Road Closure: The Y70 road is closed due to fire activity.   

Values and Objectives: Firefighter and public safety is the number one priority for the Bonito Rock Fire.  All fire actions will be assessed in relation to protecting values and minimizing impacts on cultural resources, wildlife, rangeland, watersheds, and natural resources.   

Weather: Today, a red flag warning is in effect from 11 am to 8 pm due to strong winds and low relative humidity.  Industrial contractors within the boundaries of the Reservation are subject to shut down operations for short periods during such alerts. Campfires and debris burning will not be permitted. No smoking outside of buildings or vehicles will be permitted. Propane campfires or fire pits will not be permitted. Campfires are prohibited in undeveloped campgrounds and the public is reminded to be fire safe in developed campgrounds. Never leave a campfire unattended and be sure to drown your campfire with water and stir it up to suffocate any remaining heat. 

If you have any questions regarding the fire, you can call Candy Lupe, Public Information Officer at (928) 205-5662 or you can log onto BIA Fort Apache Agency’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/BIAFAAFireMgt

G22 Fire Updated 4/15/2021

WHITE MOUNTAIN ZONE 

Incident Management Team 

Ben Plumb – Incident Commander

Public Information Officer: 928-245-1585                               

Red Flag Warning and Critical Fire Weather Conditions Persist 

G22 Fire Update: Thursday, April 15, 2021 

Location of Origin: 10 miles northwest of Cibecue, Arizona 

Start Date: April 3, 2021       

Size: 2,026 Acres        

Cause: Under Investigation   

Percent Contained: 50                                                           

Personnel: 159                     

Fuels: Grass/brush understory, snags, pine-stringers 

Resources Assigned: 4 Type 6 engines, 1 Type 4 engine, 2 dozers, 1-20 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, and miscellaneous overhead. 

Operations: Fire crews on the G22 fire worked to assess all threats to fire lines yesterday and mopped up to extinguish any hot spots where burnout operations had occurred previously. Today, firefighters will patrol to look for threats and continue to mop up along containment lines on the north and east flanks. There are interior islands of unburned fuel that may still burn, and while these do not pose a threat, the primary objective is to maintain the fire within established containment lines. Some resources will be released this morning due to additional containment of the G22 fire.   

Alerts: A Red Flag Warning is in effect today from 10 am to 8 pm, and is due to critical fire weather conditions that are either occurring or are imminent. A combination of strong winds and low relative humidities can contribute to extreme fire behavior. 

Weather: The forecast is callingforsouthwest wind gusts of 20-35 mph, and a high near 60 degrees. 

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.    

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. 

White Mountain Zone 

Type 3 Incident Management Team

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