Strong winds challenged firefighters on Wednesday afternoon as fire spread further north off Red Mountain and down into the southwestern side of Strayhorse Canyon. Smoke was more visible than it has been for the past several days, particularly in the afternoon when temperatures and winds reached their peak. Despite the visible smoke column, the main fire did not advance beyond the firelines constructed earlier this week. Helicopters lent support to the crews on the ground by dropping water buckets on the most active portions of the fire. A small fire spotted across Strayhorse Canyon but was quickly extinguished by the water buckets. Rappelers worked throughout the night to contain the small lightning-caused Pinal Fire that ignited on Tuesday evening, and plan to hike out today to rejoin the Bringham Fire crews.
Although wind speeds are expected to decrease to 16-19 miles per hour (MPH) with gusts of 25 MPH, fire managers anticipate continued fire movement to the north and east. Incident Meteorologists from the National Weather Service predict that the atmosphere will become increasingly unstable throughout the day with increasing sunshine in the afternoon that could increase terrain-driven winds. With this expected fire spread, crews are working to protect structures by covering nearby cabins in aluminum wrap to shield from radiant heat and embers, if the fire were to move further in their direction. Fire activity has moderated along Highway 191, although the potential remains for hot spots to spread as conditions dry out later in the week.
- Acres: 17,423
- Jurisdiction: Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, Clifton Ranger District
- Resources: 2 hotshot crews, 2 Type 2 initial attack crews, 3 Type 3 engines, 4 Type 6 engines, 6 water tenders, 1 dozer, 1 Type 1 helicopter, 1 Type 2 helicopter, 1 Type 3 helicopter, miscellaneous overhead
- Start Date: June 6, 2020
- Percent Containment: 5%
- Origin Location: 22 miles north of Morenci, AZ
- Cause: Lightning
- Personnel: 315
For the protection of the public and our firefighters, Highway 191 is closed in both directions between Mile Marker 189 (just past Juan Miller Road) and Mile Marker 225 (Blue Vista). This closure will remain in place through June 21, 2020 and may be extended as firefighters continue to secure the road corridor. Fire personnel are using Highway 191 to travel to and from the incident, and to transport important supplies and equipment. 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/
Interactive Bringham Fire Map: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/BringhamFireWebMap
Temporary Closure Order: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/asnf/alerts-notices/?cid=stelprd3793918
Southwest Region Smoke Outlook: https://wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/SouthwesternRegion