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Bringham Fire

Unit Information

Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
30 S Chiricahua Tri
Springerville, AZ 85938

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Incident Contact

Clifton Ranger District
Phone: 928-687-8600
Hours: M-F 8:00a.m. - 4:30p.m.

Deadly Flash Flooding Potential Downstream of Bringham Fire Burn Area

Bringham Fire Wildfire
News – 7/1/2020

Bringham Fire: July 1, 2020 BAER Update  


Steady monsoon showers will soon blanket the Bringham Fire burned area, potentially contributing to flash flooding along the Blue and San Francisco Rivers near Clifton, Arizona. “Monsoons are a double-edged sword in the Southwest, bringing much needed moisture, but also potentially deadly flash flooding along stream courses, especially within and below recently burned areas” explained USDA Forest Service Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Coordinator Paul Brown. A Forest Service BAER team is currently evaluating the potential for post-fire effects from the Bringham Fire. BAER assessment teams are staffed by specially trained professionals representing multiple disciplines who evaluate the burned area and prescribe emergency response actions to protect the land quickly and effectively.

Areas downstream of the Bringham Fire burned area, which recreationalist may use, are now more vulnerable to flash flooding and debris flows—ash, sand, silt, rocks and woody material. Rainfall runoff normally absorbed by soil and vegetation may runoff extremely quickly in a burned area because the soil is damaged, and the vegetation no longer exists.  Severely burned soils can be as water repellent as pavement. The power of moving water is deceptive and deadly. Recreationalist must be prepared to move to higher ground when chances of rain exist. During the monsoon season, these three simple rhymes may help save your life: “When thunder roars, go indoors; Turn around, don’t drown; and Stay away, stay alive.” Additionally, obey all posted warning signs. For the Bringham Fire flash flooding alerts and safety information, visit the National Weather Service website:  https://www.weather.gov/safety/flood.

Fire Information Officers are available from 8:00AM to 8:00PM at (928) 288-2154 or email at 2020.bringham@firenet.gov. Fire information can be found at the following links:

• InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6747/

• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/apachesitgreavesnfs/

• Closure Order: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/asnf/alerts-notices/?cid=stelprd3793918

• Southwest Region Smoke Outlook:https://wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/SouthwesternRegion

• Bringham Fire Story Map: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/BringhamFireWebMap