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Freeze 2 Fire

Unit Information

San Carlos Agency
Bureau of Indian Affairs
P. O. Box 209 San Carlos Arizona 85550
San Carlos , AZ 85550

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The Freeze 2 Fire, located 50 miles east-northeast of the town of San Carlos, is currently burning on the San Carlos Apache Reservation near Freezeout Mountain. The strategy for the incident is full suppression.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs and the San Carlos Apache Tribe brought in David Bales’ Type 2 Incident Management Team (IMT) to assume command of the Freeze 2 Fire on Wednesday, June 7, at 6:00pm. A joint Delegation of Authority was signed by San Carlos Agency, Fort Apache Agency, and Incident Commander David Bales on June 9, 2017. The IMT transitioned management of the Freeze 2 Fire back to a local Type 3 organization on Thursday, June 15, at 6:00am. Their objective is to keep the fire within its existing footprint and to minimize risk and exposure to firefighters. They are looking for hotspots along the fire's edge while other firefighters are repairing containment lines put in place during suppression activities.

There is an area closure in place around Freezeout Mountain. The closure includes the Ten of Diamonds area, accessed from both the Fort Apache Reservation and San Carlos Apache Reservation. Road closures include road 2032 north of Heartbreak Hotel and road 2034. The one-way 10 of Diamonds Road and camping area remains closed to allow firefighters safe passage to work. It will open to the public as soon as firefighters feel the fire area is safe.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginThursday June 01st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Location50 miles NE of San Carlos, AZ, near Freezeout Mountain
Incident CommanderLeon Ben Jr.
Coordinates33.567 latitude, -109.618 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel113
Size2,832 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained70%
Fuels Involved

Timber (litter and understory)

Significant Events

Minimal fire behavior. Heavy fuels continue to burn interior of the fire behavior.


Planned Actions

A grader is grading the 2000

rd. near the fire area, the 2034 rd. and the Ten of Diamonds road.

Firefighters are looking for hotspots to keep embers from crossing the Black River

Repairing fire suppression activities and backhauling equipment.

Projected Incident Activity

No changes to the operational plan.

Poor humidity recovery is expected over night. Fire spread is anticipated to be minimal.


The southern flank of the fire is now contained along with the eastern flank.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Dry and warm conditions with light winds exist in the area of the fire. A warming trend over the region will persist throughout the week.