Firefighters have found a recent lightning-caused wildfire on the Mogollon Rim, which is currently fulfilling its natural role and moving slowly across the landscape consuming dead and down wood, pine needles and forest fuels.
The Bear Fire, currently 60 acres, was called in by Baker Butte Lookout on Thursday (June 1) and is located in a remote area just above the Mogollon Rim approximately nine miles southeast of Clints Well and eight miles south of C.C. Cragin Reservoir. This wildfire is not a prescribed burn, but fire personnel will occasionally conduct burnout operations in specific areas to direct where and how the fire moves through the landscape.
Today, fire personnel will be uniting this fire with the burned out areas of last year’s Pinchot Fire immediately adjacent to Forest Roads 95 and 139A, and monitoring fire progression and smoke impacts.
Smoke will be much lighter than smoke of a severe wildfire and is not expected to impact roadways. However, light smoke will be visible in the area from state Routes 87 and 260 and communities directly below the Rim in the area of the fire.
The Bear Fire is a wildfire and does not have a planned end date, but firefighters have carefully determined a 4,450-acre planning area within which the fire may run its natural course.
The wildfire will increase from its current size and is predicted to move across approximately 3,500 acres of land inside the determined planning area over the next two weeks as firefighters help direct where and how the fire moves through the landscape.
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.
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BEAR WILDFIRE SUMMARY
Reported: June 1, 2017 at 8:54 a.m. by Baker Butte Lookout.
Where: About nine miles southeast of Clints Well and eight miles south of C.C. Cragin Reservoir. Latitude/longitude: 34.447386, -111.236660.
Current Size: 60 acres.
Closures/Restrictions: Portions of the Houston Brothers trail and most trails where they intersect with the Houston brothers trail; specifically, the Fred Haught Trail, Barbershop Trail and the U-Bar Trail. The closure area is north of the Mogollon Rim near Bear Canyon to the south side of the Pinchot Cabin along Forest Roads 139 and 95. See a detailed map on InciWeb for further clarification.
Smoke Impacts: Light smoke will be visible in the area from state Routes 87 and 260, as well as communities directly below Mogollon Rim in the area of the fire.
The Snake Ridge Wildfire was fully contained Sunday (June 4) after burnout operations were conducted in key areas surrounding the head of the fire. Residual smoldering may cause light smoke in the immediate area of the fire but should not impact any roadways or communities. Local fire prevention units continue to monitor the area.
SNAKE RIDGE WILDFIRE SUMMARY
Reported: May 19, 2017 at 3:02 p.m. by Baker Butte Lookout.
Location: About nine miles northwest of Clints Well; Latitude/longitude: 34.602283, -111.457167.
Size: 15,333 acres (fully contained).
Resources: Local fire prevention units and engines patrolling and monitoring the area.
Closures/Restrictions: A closure order is still in effect for the fire area. Information on the closure and restrictions are on Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/unit/303/ On the Inciweb site, click “Snake Ridge Fire” and then the “Closure” tab to view information and a map on closures. The closure will be lifted in the near future, but is still to be determined.
Smoke Impacts: Residual smoke from internal smoldering will be visible to those in the immediate area of the fire.