Cedar Fire News Release

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Cedar Fire News Release

Cedar Fire 100% Contained

Incident: Cedar Fire Wildfire
Released: 7/2/2016

Whiteriver AZ – Widespread recent rain and monsoonal moisture over the fire area allowed firefighters to successfully contain the Cedar Fire.

Despite four days of rain, several stump holes burning on the interior of the fire continue to smolder. The remaining firefighters will remove a helliwell and other miscellaneous equipment and patrol the fire perimeter over the next several days.

Continued rainfall will cause flash floods making roads impassable and dangerous. The interior of the fire area and roads leading into the fire will remain closed due to potential flooding near the communities of Cedar Creek and Carrizo. Please stay out of washes and do not cross areas where water is flowing across roadways.

Cedar Burned Area Emergency Response Update

Cedar Creek, AZ – Weather and road conditions the last several days have hampered installation of the Early Alert System. Yesterday, three rain gauges were installed. The Team is working with USGS to get a flow detection device installed today. Thus far, over 4,000 lineal feet of K-Rail and an unknown number of sandbags have been placed. These sand bags successfully reduced the impacts of the monsoon floods that have recently topped the banks above the Red Hillside Cemetery. The K-rail and sandbag treatment were pushed back approximately 10 feet, but they successfully deflected the majority of the flow. Forest resources, cultural sites, road infrastructure, sewer lagoons, springs, and T&E species continue to be assessed. Next week, the team will enter the next phase of work, installing another radar-based flow detector. These detectors will be used with a community siren which will serve as the final warning. The White Mountain Emergency Operations Center is developing a plan to evacuate community members in the event of an evacuation.

Unit Information

Fort Apache Agency
P. O. Box 560 Whiteriver Arizona 85941
Whiteriver, AZ 85941

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