Yesterday several members of the Lolo Hotshots hiked into Strayhorse Canyon to scout and assess different options for possible direct firefighting tactics. The hotshots were able to establish good communications, safety zones, and escape routes, allowing the remainder of the crew to join them. Today the crew will work to construct fireline to keep the fire on the south side of Strayhorse Creek. Air resources will be available to assist, dropping water on hot spots if needed.
Firefighters on the south end of the fire are working to shuttle water to support the aerial firefighting operation. These crews are setting up 3000-gallon containers called “pumpkins” which will be used as portable water sources for helicopters to fill their water buckets to suppress the Bringham Fire. Several of these “pumpkins” have been installed in the Blue River corridor so that water is readily available if the fire were to move out of Strayhorse Canyon and threaten homes in this community. Personnel are continuing the structure assessment and protection work northeast of the fire, as well as scouting areas for contingency lines if the fire crosses Strayhorse Canyon.
Yesterday’s winds and high temperatures caused the fire to become more active near Tin Cup Corral, burning through previously unburned fuels in the interior of the fire area, commonly referred to as “green islands.” Temperatures will continue to rise over the fire with highs reaching into the mid to upper 80s in the valleys. Humidity values will continue to fall into the single digits during the day. Winds in the valleys will be terrain-driven at 3-5 miles per hour.
- Acres:19,901 acres
- Jurisdiction: Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, Clifton Ranger District
- Resources: 2 hotshot crews, 3 Type 2 initial attack crews, 3 Type 3 engines, 4 Type 6 engines, 8 water tenders, 1 Type 1 helicopter, 1 Type 2 helicopter, 1 Type 3 helicopter, miscellaneous overhead
- Start Date: June 6, 2020
- Percent Containment: 20%
- Origin Location: 22 miles north of Morenci, AZ
- Cause: Lightning
- Personnel: 311
Road Closures: Highway 191 remains closed in both directions between Mile Marker 189 past Juan Miller Road and Mile Marker 225 at Blue Vista. The closure has been extended through June 27, 2020 and may be further extended as firefighters continue to secure the road corridor. Fire personnel are using Highway 191 to transport crews, supplies, and equipment to and from the incident. Members of the public are advised to drive with caution and leave roadways clear for emergency vehicles and equipment to pass. More information can be found at https://azdot.gov/adot-news/us-191-closed-eastern-arizona-mountains-due-bringham-fire.
Fire Information Officers are available from 8:00AM to 8:00PM to respond to questions via phone at (928) 288-2154 or email at [email protected]. Additional fire information can be found at the following links:
Facebook (updates and daily operational videos): https://www.facebook.com/apachesitgreavesnfs/
Temporary Closure Order: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/asnf/alerts-notices/?cid=stelprd3793918
Southwest Region Smoke Outlook: https://wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/SouthwesternRegion
Bringham Fire Interactive Story Map: https://nifc.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=d32ee36acfc54dd28e5aef84d9d6e0f3