The Fife Fire started Tuesday, July 11th, around 10pm. The fire is burning through dry vegetation, 15 miles NE of Sunizona and just W of the Chiricahua National Monument. The fire started on state lands, but is moving toward the Coronado National Forest. Heavy air support is working to suppress the fire, including 5 SEATS (Single Engine Air Tankers) and one Type 1 Helicopter. Ground resources include, three Type 2IA and one Type 2 Crew. The Department of Forestry and Fire Management, along with local cooperators, are working to stop movement of the fire into the Chiricahuas.
The SH Creek Fire was originally discovered on June 27, 2017 and put into a monitor status due to limited access, steep terrain and firefighter safety. Over the past couple of days the fire shifted direction due to passing thunderstorms causing it to spread toward U.S. Highway 191.
White Mountain Zone Type 3 Incident Management Team took command of the fire July 5, 2017 from the Clifton Ranger District.
We greatly appreciate the support and generosity of the community! Our team's focus is on the mission of fire suppression while keeping firefighter and public safety our number one priority. Our willand fire crews are well equipped and cared for.