Cedar Fire Update - June 23
Incident: Cedar Fire Wildfire
June 23, 2016
Location: Southwest of Show Low and Pinetop-Lakeside, east of Highway 60 on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation
Start date: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 Cause: Undetermined
Size: Approximately 45,176 acres Resources Assigned: Approximately 934 Personnel
Percent Contained: 24%
Yesterday, the primary activity occurred on the east and southeast side of the fire within the steep canyons of unburned pine stands. With the direction of the wind shifting more out of the west southwest, several embers crossed Road B-33 and were suppressed by fire crews and helicopters. The night crews brought fire further south along Road B-33 and held it in the pine stands stopping where the pine meets the Pinyon-Juniper forest type.
Along the southwest side of the fire, fire personnel used aerial ignition in the area of Long Tom Canyon to create a mosaic backing fire that would minimize the effect of the active wildfire. There were patches of fire activity within the strands of pine, however, the sparse ground fuel would not carry the fire, resulting in areas of burned and unburned fuel.
Today, temperatures and relative humidity are expected to be similar to yesterday. The wind speeds are expected to increase slightly in the afternoon and become more westerly, influencing the fire behavior on the east and southeast flanks along Road B-33 and slightly south.
Burn-out operations will continue on the east and southeast flanks along the west side of Road B-33 and south within the canyons and pine stands. Smoke created may be visible. A smoke synopsis and air quality outlook for the communities adjacent to the fire will be posted daily on the Cedar Fire Information Facebook page.
In the southwest corner of the fire the crews will continue burnout operations if conditions are favorable. Fire may be visible from the area of SR 60 and SR 73 today.
The north and south containment lines of the fire are in mop-up and patrol status. Rehabilitation is underway using chippers to chop brush and tree branches and distribute them to reduce the fuel load and make them less visible and less susceptible to carry fire. Contingency lines continue to be cleared of brush and trees to enable the passage of fire suppression personnel and equipment.
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. Please use caution when driving on Highway 73, especially today and tomorrow with fire traffic and detoured traffic, livestock and wildlife.
Two Unmanned Aerial Systems (commonly known as drones) were heard in the southern end of the fire yesterday. These aircraft are illegal within the no-flight fire zone area, pose serious safety hazards to all fire personnel in the area, and will shut down all air operations in the fire suppression efforts until they have left the airspace.
All pre-evacuations are still in effect. 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.