Fort Apache Agency
Bureau of Indian Affairs
P. O. Box 560 Whiteriver Arizona 85941
Whiteriver, AZ 85941
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Lofer Fire Summary
Location: 15 miles east of Whiteriver
Fire Cause: Lightning
Fire Size: 1,275 acres
Fuel Type: Timber, brush, litter
Resources: 120 incident personnel
Lofer Fire: This will be the last update for the Lofer Fire and Flash Fire. If there are any significant changes, it will be posted to the BIA Forestry & Wildland Fire Management – Fort Apache Agency Facebook page. There will still be resources on the Lofer Fire and Flash Fire who will be monitoring for any changes in fire behavior, they will be patrolling the containment lines, as well as continuing suppression repair efforts. Both fires received a measurable amount of precipitation and more showers and thunderstorms are forecasted for today.
Flash Fire: The Flash Fire is 51 acres in size and approximately 100 percent contained.
Values and Objectives: Safety of incident responders and the public remains the number one priority. Incident personnel will continue to protect traditional gathering sites, recreation areas, the Mount Baldy Wilderness, commercial timberlands and watersheds, and continue to protect riparian areas to the Apache trout.
Closures: For your safety and firefighter safety, please avoid the wildfire area and avoid access roads into the fire. An approximate ten-mile section of BIA 55 Road remains closed to the public.
Smoke: Fires in California and Oregon continued to generate smoke that was pushed south into Arizona all day yesterday. Air quality in a few places across the State registered as moderate. Today, smoke will continue to drift across the southern half of Arizona and may push air quality into the moderate range again.
Important Reminders: Campfires are prohibited in undeveloped campgrounds and the public is reminded to be fire safe in developed campgrounds. Never leave a campfire unattended and be sure to drown your campfire with water and stir it up to suffocate any remaining heat.
Fire information is available on the BIA Forestry & Wildland Fire Management – Fort Apache Agency at www.facebook.com/biafaafiremgt