WHITERIVER, ARIZONA – Several wildland fires have started on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation within the past few days. All fires have been caused by lightning and are burning in relatively remote areas of the Reservation. Lightning strikes can generate fires that smolder and go unnoticed for days or weeks following a storm.
Bladder Fire – The Bladder fire was detected on July 6, 2021. This fire is located in the far southwest portion of the Reservation about 10 miles west of Salt River Canyon. The fire is 200 acres. There has been no growth on this fire for 2 days. Fire resources will continue to prepare control lines along the east and west flank of the fire.
Jump Off Fire – The Jump Off fire is estimated to be 40 acres and was detected on July 6, 2021. The fire is located north of Carrizo and is within the Rodeo-Chediski fire burned area. The fire is located along a steep slope with little to no road access. Due to the location of the fire, fire resources will use a confine/contain and point protection strategy for this incident which will reduce exposure to firefighters. Smoke may be visible from highway 60.
Badger Creek Fire – The Badger Creek fire was detected on July 7, 2021. The fire is 3 acres and is 60% lined.
For more information on the fire, you can log onto BIA Fort Apache Agency’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/BIAFAAFireMg