Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
30 S Chiricahua Tri
Springerville, AZ 85938
CLIFTON, Ariz., June 22, 2021 – The Bear Fire on the Clifton Ranger District continues to spread under hot, dry conditions south of Hannagan Meadow. It is 7,300 acres and 0% contained. Due to the Bear’s location, fuels and values at risk, forest officials have chosen a confine/contain and point protection strategy for this incident which will reduce exposure to suppression resources. The fire was caused by lightning and detected June 16, 2021.
Fire crews are conducting point protection on Highway 191, range improvements, remote cabins, and residential structures. Current fire behavior includes smoldering, creeping, single tree and group torching, running crown fire, and spotting in ponderosa pine with grass and brush.
Closures and Evacuations: Highway 191 is closed effective Sunday, June 20, 2021. The closure is from Mile Marker 190 on the south to Mile Marker 224.8 (Blue Vista) on the north. The closure will remain in effect until further notice.
Smoke: Smoke from the Bear Fire may impact Highway 191 and the Blue River. An interactive smoke map at https://fire.airnow.gov allows you to search for current smoke information
Size: 7,300 acres
Incident Start Date: June 16, 2021
Location: 10 miles south of Hannagan Meadow
Resources Assigned: Type 3 Incident Commander, Local Initial Attack crew, 1 Type 3 helicopter and several overhead
Confine: A wildfire response strategy of restricting a wildfire to a defined area, primarily using natural barriers that are expected to restrict the spread of the wildfire under the prevailing and forecasted weather conditions.
Indirect: Accomplished by building a fireline some distance from the fire edge and backfiring the unburned fuel between the fireline and the fire edge. Indirect attack takes advantage of using natural and human-made barriers as fireline and allows a choice of timing for backfiring.
Direct: Any treatment applied directly to burning fuel such as wetting, smothering, or chemically quenching the fire or by physically separating the burning from unburned fuel.
Point/Zone Protection: A wildfire response strategy which protects specific assets or highly valued resources from the wildfire without directly halting the continued spread of the wildfire.
For information on the Bear Fire see InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7553/ and Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, check out our website at www.fs.usda.gov/asnf.