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
Winter Weather Provides Brief Relief To Firefighting Efforts
Bonito Rock Fire: Thursday, April 29, 2021
Location of Origin: 15 miles southeast of Whiteriver, Arizona
Start Date: April 19, 2021
Size: 1,800 Acres
Cause: Under investigation
Percent Contained: 40
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, 1 type 1 Helicopter, 1 type 3 Helicopter and miscellaneous incident management overhead.
Operations: The Bonito Rock fire received approximately 3 - 6” of snow yesterday which greatly moderated overall fire activity. Firefighters will focus today on making sure that containment lines are holding strong and pose no threat to control measures. Crews will patrol fire lines, mop up hot spots, and assess opportunities to construct additional containment lines to achieve the full suppression objectives established by fire managers.
Closures: The junction of Y70/Y40, R55/R32, and R55/Y20 roads are closed due to fire activity.
Weather: Much warmer and drier weather is forecast in the coming days. Wind gusts today are expected to reach 20 mph with a daytime high of 64 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.