Warmer and drier weather conditions returned to the Bonito Rock fire yesterday, and some interior pockets of unburned fuels were producing smoke but were identified as being well within containment lines. Firefighters will hold and mop up control lines today and will utilize road systems and previous fire scars as control measures and will utilize direct and indirect tactics to gain full suppression of the fire.
The junction of Y70/Y40, R55/R32, and R55/Y20 roads are closed due to fire activity.
Temperatures will warm as a high-pressure system builds in the region on Friday and Saturday. Today’s forecast is calling for mostly sunny skies with winds 8 to 12 mph and a high of 74 degrees.
Values at risk:
Fire fighter and public safety are the top priorities for the incident management team. The Bonito Rock fire area includes important lands to the White Mountain Apache people. Firefighters are working to protect commercial timberlands, watersheds, rangelands, heritage sites, and recreation and wilderness areas.
Smoke may be visible from Whiteriver and along U.S. 60 and 260. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures.
Location of Origin: 15 miles southeast of Whiteriver, Arizona
Start Date: April 19, 2021
Size: 1,800 Acres
Cause: Under investigation
Percent Contained: 40
Fuels: Timber (Litter, Grass, Understory), Brush (2 feet)
Resources Assigned: 5 Type 6 Engines, 1 Type 4 Engine, 2 Dozers, 2 Interagency Hotshot Crews, 3 Initial Attack Crews, 1 Type 2 Crew, 3 Water Tenders, 1 type 1 Helicopter, 1 type 3 Helicopter and miscellaneous incident management overhead.
Apache-Sitgreaves website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/news/asnf/news-events
ADEQ Air Quality Information: https://azdeq.gov/node/7077
National Weather Service: https://www.weather.gov/fgz/