The Bonito Rock Fire started on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation on April 19, 2021. Conditions at the time were very dry and the fire, burning in a remote area and in rugged terrain, quickly grew beyond the capacity of available firefighting resources under the command of a Type 4 organization. On April 23 the White Mountain Zone Type 3 Incident Management Team assumed command of the fire, led by Incident Commander Ben Plumb. In recent days the fires activity and growth have moderated. Today the fire will transition from the White Mountain Zone Type 3 Team back to a Type 4 fire organization led by Incident Commander Carlton Goseyun.
Firefighters, under the command of the Type 4 organization, will continue to work to keep the fire within established containment lines and utilize direct and indirect tactics to gain full suppression of the fire.
Warmer weather is forecast for today with winds up to to 12 mph and a high of 74 degrees.
The junction of Y70/Y40, R55/R32, and R55/Y20 roads are closed due to fire activity.
Values at risk
The Bonito Rock fire area includes important lands to the White Mountain Apache people. Firefighters are working to protect commercial timberlands, watersheds, riparian areas, 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: 1,668 Acres
- Cause: Under Investigation
- Percent Contained: 40
- Personnel: 173
- Fuels: Timber (Litter, Grass, Understory), Brush (2 feet)
- Resources Assigned: 2 Type 6 Engines, 1 Type 4 Engine, 1 Dozer, 2 Interagency Hotshot Crews, 2 Initial Attack Crews, 1 Type 2 Crew, 1 Water Tender, 1 type 1 Helicopter, 1 type 3 Helicopter and miscellaneous incident management overhead.
Official fire information can be found on these sites.