Gentry Fire located in Black Mesa Ranger District of Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest

June 29, 2017 - 11:30 am


  • Black Mesa Ranger District of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests
  • Navajo County, Arizona
  • 5 miles southeast of Forest Lakes, 10 miles southwest of Heber/Overgaard.

Start Date: 6/28/2017                                                             

Percent Contained: 0

Size: 100 acres                                                                      

Resources Assigned: 50 – 60 personnel

Cause: Lightning                                                            

Growth Potential: Moderate

Vegetation: Dead and down (the old Rodeo/Chediski burn area) and brush                                           

Structures Threatened: Gentry Lookout

Summary: Transitioning to White Mountain Zone Type 3 Team at 2:00 p.m. today, Incident Commander will be Matt Bullmore. Fire managers plan to employ a suppression strategy on the fire. Crews are performing structure protection around the Gentry Lookout today. They have hand line to the west of the fire, dozer line to the east, FR 300 is being used as the holding line to the south, and FR 86 to the north. Potential for growth on the east side of the fire, west side is holding well. If conditions allow there will be an approximate burn out of 400 acres this evening. It is anticipated that the Gentry Fire will help clean up much of the dead and down material left by the Rodeo/Chediski Fire, thereby reducing the future probability of high-intensity wildfire and its potentially severe and negative fire effects.

A closure order is currently being established for the fire area. Details regarding the closure area will be provided as soon as they are available. FR 86 and possibly sections of FR 300 will be closed to ensure public safety and allow fire fighters to effectually suppress the fire. 

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