This morning containment is at ninety percent on the Blue River Fire and eighty-five percent containment on the Dry Lake Fire, with no significant change in acreage. Both fires have some heat within the perimeter and some unburnt vegetation that may put up smoke occasionally. The Arizona Central West Zone Type Three Incident Management Team will transition the fires to the local unit on Wednesday, June 17. Each fire will be managed by a Type 4 Incident commander and have resources available to them to continue to ensure containment goals are met on these fires. Resource Advisors from the tribal agency are working with a Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team to assess burn severity and plan for erosion control ahead of monsoon rains.
The Arizona Central West Zone Type Three Incident Management Team would like to thank the San Carlos Apache Tribe, the San Carlos Apache Tribal Council, the San Carlos Apache Tribal Emergency Response Commission, the San Carlos Apache Natural Resources and Forestry Resources programs, and so many others for their hospitality, assistance and support while this team was assisting with these fires.
SMOKE: There has been very little smoke from both fires in the last couple of days. When there is smoke in the community, smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found at the Centers for Disease Control – Wildfire Smoke: https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/features/wildfires/index.html
BACKGROUND: Firefighters have been working to actively suppress the Blue River and the Dry Lake fires since their discovery after a June 5 thunderstorm. Firefighters and fire managers have been challenged by many factors which have been significant in the growth of these fires. Factors including several days of wind driven fire behavior, difficult topography, as well as limited available resources due to the COVID-19 pandemic, compounded by increased fire activity in the area further drawing down available resources have proven challenging.
FIRE PREVENTION: We must all do our part to prevent wildfires. We continue to see fires that are preventable threaten our community. Ko’ doo bena golde’da - Do not play with fire! Do your part to clear the grass and brush around your home to help protect your home and community. Remember it only takes one spark to start a wildfire.
Blue River Fire
Acres: approx. 30,400
Percent Containment: 85%
Origin Location: 8 mi NE of San Carlos, AZ
Fuels: Upper desert grasslands; grass and brush
Dry Lake Fire
Acres: approx. 4,370
Percent Containment: 90%
Origin Location: 22 mi NE of Bylas, AZ
Fuels: Ponderosa pine forest with woodland and grass understory