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R-14 Fire

Unit Information

Fort Apache Agency
Bureau of Indian Affairs
P. O. Box 560 Whiteriver Arizona 85941
Whiteriver, AZ 85941

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R-14 Fire

June 21, 2017


Fire Facts

Location: 5 miles south of Whiteriver

Resources Assigned: 1 Type 6 Engines, 2 Water Tender, 2 Type 2 IA crews, 1 Type 2 Crew, 1 Type 3 Helicopter

Containment: 85%

Start date: June 16, 2017, 1:30 PM

Cause: Under Investigation

Size: 749 acres

Forest Type: grass, Pinyon/Juniper

Fire Activity: This will be the final news release for the R-14 Fire. A post-fire assessment, field surveys of the burn area will be conducted to evaluate the fire’s potential impact on the area. Local specialist will assist with the post-fire assessment. Yesterday evening, Jere Classay, Incident Commander (IC4) transferred the fire over to Marcus Bonito (IC4) with Justin Cromwell as the Incident Commander Trainee. Crews will continue to patrol and mop-up, ensuring that any residual heat near the containment lines is extinguished.

Significant Events: Local fire resources have responded to three lightning fires over the past two days. A few of the fire resources will assist with Initial Attack fires on the reservation as needed.

General Information: The Fort Apache Indian Reservation is in very high fire danger. Reservation residents and visitors are urged to remain careful during outdoor activities that could start a fire, particularly due to expected increasing temperatures and very dry vegetation conditions. Fire managers will monitor fire conditions on a day by day basis and may implement restrictions.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginFriday June 16th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
LocationHighway 73 between Canyon Day and Cedar Creek
Incident CommanderJere Classay
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates33.849 latitude, -110.165 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel191
Size829 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained50%
Fuels Involved

Pinyon/Juniper, grass understory

Significant Events

minimal, smoldering


Planned Actions

Continue to improve existing line. Begin to mop up perimeter when feasible.

Projected Incident Activity

Line improvement progress necessary to prevent further spread.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Effects of continued triple digit high temperatures and low RH on personnel and ability to use aircraft. Haines of 6 predicted to persist. Chance of thunderstorm activity exists for Monday.

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