Cedar Fire Update June 22, 2016
Incident: Cedar Fire Wildfire
Cedar Fire Update
June 22, 2016
Location: Southwest of Show Low and Pinetop-Lakeside, east of Highway 60 on the Fort Apache Indian
Start date: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 Cause: Unknown/Under investigation
Size: Approximately 42,802 acres Resources Assigned: Approximately 967 Personnel
Percent Contained: 22%
Yesterday the fire had no growth to the north. As a result containment has increased from SR 60 at
approximately mile post 323 on the west side, to the Playground Fire scar to the east.
Today the eastern flank will be the most active with increased fire and smoke activity. Firefighters are
continuing to build fire line along the B-33 road.
The southern fire edge that was threatening the community of Cedar Creek has had no significant
movement in the last 24 hours, partially due to the transition to more sparse vegetation. As a result the
containment lines are holding and crews will continue to make improvements. Fire mangers do not
expect the fire to move any closer to the town of Cedar Creek. We would also like to remind residents
that this area remains closed to the public to ensure public and firefighter safety.
In the southwest corner of the fire the crews may conduct burnout operations when and if conditions are
favorable. This may cause an increased in fire activity and smoke. Fire may be visible from the area of
SR 60 and SR 73 today. SR 60 between Carrizo and Show Low remains closed to travelers due to
smoke conditions and firefighters actively working near the roadway. SR 73 through Whiteriver remains
open from Carrizo to Hon-Dah.
The pre-evacuation notice will remain in effect for the communities of Show Low, Pinetop-Lakeside,
Hon-Dah, McNary and Cedar Creek.
Firefighting efforts around the electric lines that feed Cibecue, Cedar Creek, and Carrizo have been
successful, Navopache Electric Co-Op does not anticipate de-energizing the lines again today.
If an evacuation notice is given, the evacuation sites will be Round Valley Middle School in Eagar via
SR 73 and then SR 260 east. There is also an evacuation site at Holbrook High School to the north.
Livestock may be taken to Round Valley Rodeo Grounds, the Holbrook Fairgrounds, and the Taylor
Rodeo Complex. Community members that wish to evacuate now can go to the sites listed above.
Firefighting aircraft – such as air attack aircraft, lead planes, airtankers, and helicopters - typically fly in
smoky, windy, and turbulent conditions. Safety depends on knowing what other aircraft are operating in
the airspace and where they are at all times. This is compromised by the presence of unauthorized
UAS. Unauthorized UAS flights could lead fire managers to suspend aerial wildfire suppression
operations – such as airtankers dropping fire retardant and helicopters dropping water - until the UAS
has left the airspace and they are confident it won’t return.
The bottom line is that “If you fly, we can’t.”