Fire personnel are managing a recent lightning-caused wildfire above Mogollon Rim, allowing it to fulfill its natural role and move across the landscape consuming dead and down wood, pine needles and forest fuels.
The Bear Fire is located ten miles southeast of Clints Well in Bear Canyon, a half mile from the edge of the Mogollon Rim. This wildfire is not a prescribed burn, but fire personnel will occasionally conduct burnout operations in specific areas to keep the fire from moving beyond certain boundaries and help direct where and how the fire moves through the landscape.
Smoke will be much lighter than that of a severe wildfire and is not expected to impact roadways. However, smoke will be visible in the area from FR 300 (Rim Road), FR 95, FR 139, and communities near and below the Mogollon Rim.
The Bear Fire does not have a planned end date, but firefighters have determined a planning area within which the fire may run its natural course. However, this does not mean the fire will move across the entire plannign area, as specific edges of the fire will be suppressed to protect certain values such as public safety, private property, cultural sites, trailheads, dispersed camping sites and more..
The forest thrives on fires such as these that are low severity and move across the forest floor. They reduce fuels and the risk of severe wildfire, create safer conditions for residents, the public and firefighters, and also restore wildlife habitat by stimulating understory vegetation growth.
More details on this fire will be released Monday, June 5, 2017. A signed closure order will be also be released encompassing the planning area.
Information and details about the fire, including its objectives, will be updated on on this page. Updates on ongoing activities are provided via @CoconinoNF on Twitter and CoconinoNF on Facebook. The public can report smoke impacts online. Visit Coconino National Forest for general information about the Forest.
|Current as of||6/4/2017, 6:33:22 PM|
|Date of Origin||Thursday June 01st, 2017 approx. 04:00 PM|
|Location||Ten miles southeast of Clints Well. In Bear Canyon, approximately a half mile from the edge of the Mogollon Rim.|
|Incident Commander||Jeffrey Thumm|
|Incident Description||Type 4 Incident|
Dead and down wood, pine needles and forest fuels.
50% active burning in pine litter and duff.
Details will be provided as soon as available.
Weather getting hotter and dryer the next 7-10 days.