Weimer Fire Update – July 5, 2024

Black Mesa Ranger District

SPRINGERVILLE, Ariz. – July. 05, 2024 – The lightning caused Weimer fire burning north of Forest Lakes and west of Heber-Overgaard has grown to approximately 500 acres. Additional firefighting resources have been dispatched to the incident, and include: four engines, three initial attack crews, two dozers, and a helicopter. The Weimer fire, detected on July 2, is burning within the Wagon Draw fire scar from 2009.
Operations: Fire crews completed firing operations off the dozer line on the north side of the Weimer fire yesterday by igniting available fuels near control lines to reinforce them. Firefighters will continue to prep Forest Road (FR) 170 today and perform ignitions along containment lines when conditions permit.

Smoke: As a result of ignitions, smoke is expected to increase today and will be visible from Highways 260, 277, and the communities of Forest Lakes and Heber/Overgaard. Drivers are cautioned that smoke may impact visibility near Forest Road (FR) 170, FR 99, Chevelon Canyon, Forest Lakes, and Highway 260. Air quality information is available at https://www.airnow.gov/.

Closures: To provide for public and firefighter safety a temporary closure of a portion of FR 170 near the fire area is closed today. The public will be notified via signage and an Alert message on our website.

Value at Risk: There are no structures, homes, or infrastructure threatened at this time.

Safety: There are no evacuations at this time.

Weather: The forecast is calling for sunny skies, a high of 85 degrees, and northeast winds 10 to 15 mph.

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