The Bonito Rock fire continued to back into Bonito creek yesterday and progressed to the northeast. High winds prohibited aerial operations until late in the afternoon. Today firefighters will utilize road systems and previous fire scars as control features and will monitor movement into Bonito Creek and along the northeastern flanks. The dramatic change in weather conditions is expected to moderate fire activity due to the forecasted precipitation and drop in temperatures. Tactical decisions will be based on current weather conditions, firefighter safety and full suppression objectives.
The junction of Y70/Y40, R55/R32, and R55/Y20 roads are closed due to fire activity.
The forecast is calling for cool and wet weather with winds up to 15 mph and a daytime high of 45 degrees. An 80% chance of rain with occasional light snow is expected over the fire.
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.
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.
Location of Origin: 15 miles southeast of Whiteriver, Arizona
Start Date: April 19, 2021
Size: 1,800 Acres
Cause: Under investigation
Percent Contained: 20
Personnel: 211 Fuels: Timber (Litter and 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 other miscellaneous incident management overhead.
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