Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
30 S Chiricahua Tri
Springerville, AZ 85938
The Bringham Fire was ignited by lightning on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests’ Clifton Ranger District on June 6, 2020. Fire activity over the past week has decreased with no additional growth in acreage. The type 4 organization that is currently managing the fire, led by Incident Commander Joe Names, will downsize firefighting resources on July 11, 2020.
The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team has completed their evaluation of the potential for post-fire effects from the Bringham Fire and have prescribed emergency response actions to protect the land quickly and effectively. Emergency response actions are now under way as an excavator is being used to create water bars along the fire-containment dozer lines in order to mitigate soil erosion. Areas in need of rehabilitation will be seeded with native grasses to stabilize the soil.
Local weather has remained hot and dry with no recent precipitation over the fire. The typical monsoon weather pattern has yet to develop in the White Mountains, however, the chance for showers and thunderstorms will increase this weekend. 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. 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 in areas where there is a danger of flooding. For flash flooding alerts and safety information, visit the National Weather Service website: https://www.weather.gov/safety/flood.
Highway 191, which was previously closed for public and firefighter safety, has reopened. The temporary area closure around the fire remains in effect for the protection of public health and safety.
Fire information can be found at the following links:
• InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6747/
• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/apachesitgreavesnfs/
• Temporary Area Closure Order: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd749041.pdf