Fort Apache Agency
Bureau of Indian Affairs
P. O. Box 560 Whiteriver Arizona 85941
Whiteriver, AZ 85941
WHITE MOUNTAIN ZONE
Incident Management Team
Ben Plumb – Incident Commander
Public Information Officer: 928-245-1585
Firefighters Take Advantage of Weather Conditions
Bonito Rock Fire: Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Location of Origin: 15 miles southeast of Whiteriver, Arizona
Start Date: April 19, 2021
Size: 1,800 Acres
Cause: Under investigation
Percent Contained: 25
Fuels: Timber (Litter, Grass, Understory), Brush (2 feet)
Resources Assigned: 5 Type 6 Engines, 1 Type 4 Engine, 2 Dozers, 2 Interagency Hotshot Crews, 3 Initial Attack Crews, 1 Type 2 Crew, 3 Water Tenders, 2 type 1 Helicopters, and miscellaneous incident management overhead.
Operations: Firefighters took advantage of the favorable weather conditions yesterday and were able to further secure fire lines by mopping up and extinguishing any hot spots. Crews were also able to deploy direct-attack tactics and constructed fire lines into Bonito Creek. Today firefighters will continue to patrol previously constructed control lines, and monitor the critical handline going into Bonito Creek to mitigate any threats to containment.
Closures: The junction of Y70/Y40, R55/R32, and R55/Y20 roads are closed due to fire activity.
Weather: Wet conditions are expected to continue today with an 80% chance of rain showers and thunderstorms, wind gusts up to 20 mph and a high of 50 degrees.
Values at risk: Fire fighter and public safety are the top priorities for the incident management team. The Bonito Rock fire area includes important lands to the White Mountain Apache people. Firefighters are working to protect commercial timberlands, watersheds, rangelands, heritage sites, and recreation and wilderness areas.
Safety: Smoke may be visible from Whiteriver and along U.S. 60 and 260. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures.
Official fire information can be found on these sites.
• Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7435/
• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BIAFAAFireMgt/
• Apache-Sitgreaves website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/news/asnf/news-events
• ADEQ Air Quality Information: https://azdeq.gov/node/7077
• National Weather Service: https://www.weather.gov/fgz/