Gentry Fire Information: (928) 535-7300
Information Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, Closed Tuesday 7/4 for Independence Day
Discovered: June 28, 2017
Location: 12 miles southwest of Heber, AZ and 4 miles southeast of Forest Lakes in Gentry Canyon on the Black Mesa Ranger District of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests
Start Date: June 28, 2017
Percent contained: 0%
Size: Approximately 175 acres
Vegetation: Ponderosa pine and brush with heavy dead and down component
Personnel Assigned: 165 including 2 hotshot crews, 5 Hand-crews, 2 Bulldozers, 3 water tenders, 1 type 1 helicopter, 1 type 3 helicopter, 2 engines
Update: Last night (6/29/2017) fire crews were began critical burn out operation to enforcing the dozer line to the east. Fire activity was moderate with some spotting along the line. Crews were able to contain the spots and continued to hold and reinforce line.
Today’s operations will focus on holding and monitoring the lines. Weather conditions permitting, crews hope to introduce fire to reinforce the lines and to remove unburned fuels within the fire area.
Weather: Light winds are expected throughout the day with sunny skies and higher than normal temperatures remaining over the region through the weekend.
Recreation: The following closures remain in effect on the Black Mesa Ranger District: (Forest Order 01-17-601):
- Forest Road 300 south from Forest Road 86 to 487 (near Turkey Springs)
- Brookbank Dispersed Camp area
- Forest Road 86 from Forest Road 300 to Baca Meadow including dispersed camp areas near Black Canyon Lake
- Black Canyon Lake Recreation Area
- Black Canyon Rim Campground
- Gentry Campground
- Hangman Trail
Community: Smoke is expected to impact Heber-Overgaard and State Route 260 through the weekend and may be heavy at times. The fire is not a direct threat to the community and will not impact the holiday activities planned by the Heber Overgaard Chamber of Commerce.
Overview: The fire was reported Wednesday afternoon and was estimated to be at 2 acres. Direct attack on the fire proved challenging due to the rugged terrain and heavy dead and down component within the 2002 Rodeo Chediski Fire scar therefore, an indirect suppression tactic is being employed. Crews are utilizing existing roads and new dozer lines to keep the fire footprint as small as possible.
Structures Threatened: Gentry Fire Tower and Gentry Campground
Fire Information: The Apache-Sitgreaves remains in Stage 1 fire restrictions. No fires, no charcoal, and no smoking outside of developed (fee for use) campgrounds.
Know Before You Go:
o Northeastern Arizona Public Information System: http://311info.net/ or call 311 or 928.333.3412
o Arizona Fire Restrictions: http://firerestrictions.us/az/
o Fire Restrictions and Red Flag Alerts: http://wildlandfire.az.gov/
o Wildfires Near Me: http://www.wildfiresnearme.wfmrda.com/