R-14 Fire Update; Crews Continue to Protect Cedar Creek Community

June 18, 2017 - 10:00 am

The R-14 fire had minimal growth and an updated acreage of 829 acres was reported. Fire fighters will be concentrating on reinforcing lines on the North perimeter of the fire, within the steep terrain. Additional resources were ordered yesterday to assist with reinforcing the fire perimeter. The main objective has been to protect the community of Cedar Creek, and keep fire from spreading to the west. Internal areas of unburned fuel may continue to smolder and produce light smoke.

Significant Events Hot temperatures with afternoon RH in the single digits and teens are expected for the next few days.

Closures: Highway 73 from Canyon Day to Carrizo Junction will reopen today, June 18, 2017 at 12 Noon. Drivers are asked to drive with care as fire personnel will be patrolling the firelines along the road. The pre-evacuation notification for the residents of Cedar Creek has been lifted.

General Information: The Fort Apache Indian Reservation is in very high fire danger. Reservation residents and visitors are urged to remain careful during outdoor activities that could start a fire, particularly due to expected increasing temperatures and very dry vegetation conditons.

The R-14 fire is human-caused and is under investigation. If you have information regarding this fire, you are urged to contact the Wetip Arson hotline at 1-800-47-ARSON (27766) or contact the Whiteriver Police Department at (928) 338-4942.

Fire Facts

Resources Assigned: 5 Type 6 Engines, 2 Water Tender, 5 Type 2 IA crews, 1 Type 2 Crew, Air Attack, 1 Type 3 Helicopter, 2 Dozers, Structure Protection, 1 Type 2 Helicopter

Containment: 10%, along highway 73

Start date: June 16, 2017, 1:30 PM

Cause: Under Investigation

Forest Type: grass, Pinyon/Juniper