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Slim Fire

Unit Information

Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
30 S Chiricahua Tri
Springerville, AZ 85938

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This incident is no longer being updated.

The Slim Fire is burning approximately 2 miles north of Forest Lakes near Chevelon Canyon in the Black Mesa Ranger District of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests that is 16 miles west of Heber, Arizona. Reported on June 1 the fire is burning in Ponderosa pine and mixed conifer. Size is reported at 3,241 acres, with 75% containment.

The Slim Fire started on June 2, 2017 and initially estimated at 30 acres. The Type 3 Incident Management Team with Chris Johnson as the Incident Commander assumed command of the incident at 0600 on June 3, 2017. The fire is in steep terrain, near the headwaters of Chevelon Creek.

Firefighters are currently mopping up, snagging and rehabilitating roads, hand lines and dozer lines. Aerial resources are being utilized to support ground crews as needed. Objectives are to works towards fire containment while providing for firefighter safety.

Resources currently assigned consist of 2 Interagency Hot Shot Crews, 3 Type 2 Hand Crews, 2 helicopters, 1 Type 3 engine, 2 Type 6 engines, 1 dozer, 3 water tenders, miscellaneous overhead, and 1 Air Attack for a total of 158 personnel assigned to the incident.

Mostly sunny with maximum temperatures ranging between 77-85 degrees, minimum RH 9%. Southwest winds 10-15 mph a.m. increasing 15-25 mph in the afternoon, with gusts up to 40 mph in the afternoon.

A temporary flight restriction is in effect over the fire area, and will remain in place until further notice. This restriction includes drones or unmanned aerial vehicles. The public is reminded that “If you fly, we can’t!”

This is the last update from White Mountain Zone Type 3 Team for this fire unless significant fire activity occurs. For additional information about this fire call the Black Mesa Ranger District at 92-535-7300.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginThursday June 01st, 2017 approx. 12:51 PM
Location16 miles west of Heber, AZ and 4 miles north of Forest Lakes.
Incident CommanderChris Johnson (USFS)
Coordinates34.426 latitude, -110.842 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel158
Size3,241 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained75%
Fuels Involved

Timber (litter and understory) with mixed conifer and ponderosa pine.

Significant Events

Minimal fire activity with smoldering fuels.


Planned Actions

Patrol and hold burnouts along existing roads, dozer and hand lines. Continue using helicopters at the confluence of Long Tom and Chevelon Canyons.

Projected Incident Activity

Expect fire activity in the confluence of Chevelon and Long Tom Canyons. Interior islands are expected to continue burning. The west, south and east portions of the fire are expected to hold within constructed containment lines.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Mostly sunny with maximum temperatures ranging between 72-82 degrees, minimum RH 12to17%. Southwest winds 10-15 mph a.m. increasing 15-25 mph in the afternoon, gusts up to 40 mph in the afternoon.