For the continued protection of the public and our firefighters, 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.
The Bringham Fire remains active in Strayhorse Canyon, Lengthy Canyon, and the east side of Red Mountain, moving primarily to the east. Today several members of the Lolo Hotshots will hike into Strayhorse Canyon to scout and assess different options for possible direct firefighting tactics. Crews are seeking opportunities to secure the fire in Strayhorse Canyon and reduce the potential for any fire to establish in this area. Structure protection is ongoing around isolated cabins and in the Blue River area, and crews are continuing to monitor Highway 191 to ensure the fire does not move west.
- Acres:18,510 acres
- Jurisdiction: Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, Clifton Ranger District
- Resources: 3 hotshot crews, 2 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: 334
Today marks the longest day of the year, known as the Summer Solstice. This event provides more incoming solar radiation than any other time of year, bringing increased energy that heats the air above the Earth’s surface. For the Bringham Fire, this event is likely to enhance terrain driven winds which are strongly influenced by solar radiation. This impact will be amplified on southwest facing slopes that could experience stronger upslope winds due to the extra energy. According to Incident Meteorologist Royce Fontenot, “On the Bringham Fire, firefighters will experience approximately 14 hours and 22 seconds of daylight today.”
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