July 3 Cedar Burned Area Emergency Response Update
Incident: Cedar Fire Wildfire
Cedar Creek, AZ – Today and tomorrow, crews will place additional sandbags behind the k-rails by the Red Hillside Cemetery to prevent water from seeping between the rails. When this is finished, all planned treatments for the fire will be complete.Saturday was the last day for the BAER team to complete field assessments. For the next several days, they will summarize their findings and draft a plan of Emergency Stabilization and Burned Area Rehabilitation treatments. Crews continued to install k-rails and sandbags along the Cemetery yesterday. These 8,000 pound K-rails will help to redirect the force of the water flows away from values at risk. Crews will increase the height and width of the sandbags behind the rails to minimize water inundation. The Team also worked with the White Mountain Apache Tribe (WMAT) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to install a flow detection device Saturday. This radar-based flow detection device will provide an alert to the Cedar Creek community when water flows reach a critical level. This is the last of three alert mechanisms that will alarm the Community in the event of a flood. Hydrologists completed flow modeling and are identifying values at risk that will be used in their risk assessments. Archaeologists completed their field work Saturday. Seven more sites were assessed, none of which will be affected by water flows.
Wildlife biologists are assessing threatened and endangered species and are developing a treatment plan that will assist the local community with recreational opportunities. Foresters are also assessing favorable sites for reforestation.
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.