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Lofer Fire

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contact

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Phone: 928-421-4984

The lightning caused Lofer fire started on August 18 and is located 15 Miles East of Whiteriver, Arizona. Firefighter and public safety are the number one priorities on the Lofer Fire. All fire actions will be assessed in relation to protecting values and minimizing impacts on cultural resources, wildlife, rangeland, watersheds, recreation areas, natural resources, and infrastructure protection.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginTuesday August 18th, 2020 approx. 02:45 PM
Location15 Miles East of Whiteriver, Arizona
Incident CommanderBIA Fort Apache Agency
Coordinates33.742 latitude, -109.709 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel120
Size1,275 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained65%
Fuels Involved

Fuels consist of grass and pine litter in open pine stands on Lofer Bench and within Big Bonito Creek. The

upper SE facing slopes within Big Bonito Creek consist of a band of mixed brush and pine/oak litter. North slopes and the bottom of Big Bonito Creek drainage have pockets of mixed conifer.

Significant Events

No fire spread and limited fire activity. Some backing fire is occurring in areas with full sun and/or available fine fuels, but most of the fire area is experiencing backing and flanking fire.


Planned Actions

Crews will also monitor fire activity along the BIA 71

Road and in Big Bonito Creek. Crews will continue to monitor the fire to protect timber and plantation resources, watersheds and Apache Trout habitat.

Projected Incident Activity

Creeping and smoldering fire behavior. Backing fire movement may occur in the afternoon, but only in areas with full sun and available fine fuels. Cloud cover, higher humidities, and cooler temperatures will negatively impact current and future fire movement.


The Flash Fire is in close proximity to the Lofer Fire and is 51 acres in size and approximately 100 percent contained.

Temporary flight restrictions are in place over the Lofer fire area.

A 10 mile section of BIA 55 Road is closed to the public travel.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

After the frontal passage on Tuesday, conditions for the incident will be significantly different. Much lower temperatures and higher relative humidity values will be a welcome change to a region that has been moisture starved and experienced temperatures well above normal.