Cedar Fire

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Cedar Fire

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Approximate Location

34.055 latitude, -110.184 longitude

Incident Overview

Sandbags being filled along Cedar River

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Cedar Creek, AZ – On June 29, significant precipitation fell in the Cedar Creek watershed, approximately that of a 25 year event. This tested the single-row of k-rails in place at the Cemetery. Minor flooding occurred, which prompted specialists to install a secondary row of k-rails and sandbags should another large event occur. These rails and additional sandbags will enhance protection to the Cemetery.

There is a three tier alert system in place to give the Cedar Creek Community advance warning in the event of a flood. The first alert is through the National Weather Service who will notify the community of a potential storm coming. This will provide the community up to an hour and a half advance notice.

The second alert will be provided by three rain gauges that have been installed in the upper watershed of Cedar Creek. The rain gauges will provide an estimate of the amount of moisture accumulating in the watershed. This will provide the community approximately one hour notification.

Lastly, the BAER Team worked with the White Mountain Apache Tribe (WMAT) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to install a flow detection device a mile upstream from Cedar Creek. This will provide approximately a 30 minute notification.

These radar-based flow detection devices will provide an alert to the Cedar Creek community when water flows reach a critical level. Should the community need to be alerted, the White Mountain Apache Tribe installed an alert siren that will alert the local community in the event of an emergency.

On Tuesday, the Burned Area Emergency Response Team will meet with WMAT and Fort Apache Agency to present a plan of Emergency Stabilization and Burned Area Rehabilitation treatments. Once the Plan is approved, the Agency will begin to implement the remaining treatments.

The interior of the fire area and roads leading into the fire will remain closed due to potential flooding near the communities of Cedar Creek and Carrizo. Please stay out of washes and do not cross areas where water is flowing across roadways.

This is the final update for the BAER Team. For questions, please contact the Emergency Operations Center at (928) 205-7417.


Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginWednesday June 15th, 2016 approx. 11:45 AM
Location18 miles northwest of Whiteriver, 10 miles south of Pinetop-Lakeside/Show Low
Incident CommanderType 3 IC With Local Support

Current Situation

Total Personnel31
Size45,977 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

timber, 2 feet brush and short grass

Significant Events

Monsoonal rains received over the fire area the past four days significantly reduced activity on the fire. The remaining firefighters are removing miscellaneous equipment and monitoring the fire. Interior smoke from tree stumps are smoldering.

A Burned Area Emergency Response Team remains in place to develop a response plan for the White Mountain Apache Tribe.


Planned Actions

Continue monitoring the west flank of the fire where the terrain is very steep and inaccessible. Crews will rehabilitate containment lines in areas where it is safe to do so.

Projected Incident Activity

This will be the last report for the Cedar Fire.


The Burned Area Emergency Response Team is implementing an emergency response plan. Weather and road conditions the last several days have hampered installation of rain gauges for the Early Alert System. The Team is working with USGS to get them installed today.

Thus far, over 4,000 lineal feet of K-Rail and an unknown number of sandbags have been placed. These sand bags successfully reduced the impacts of the monsoon floods that have recently topped the banks above the Red Hillside Cemetery. The K-rail and sandbag treatment were pushed back approximately 10 feet, but they successfully deflected the majority of the flow.

Forest resources, cultural sites, road infrastructure, sewer lagoons, springs, and T&E species continue to be assessed.

Next week, the team will enter the next phase of work, installing radar-based flow detectors. These detectors will be used with a community siren which will serve as the final warning. The White Mountain Emergency Operations Center is developing a plan to evacuate community members in the event of an evacuation.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

In the past 24 hours, 1.38 inches of rain have been received over the fire area. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will continue to develop, bringing additional monsoonal moisture to the area. There is a risk of flash flooding.

Unit Information

Fort Apache Agency
P. O. Box 560 Whiteriver Arizona 85941
Whiteriver, AZ 85941

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