Fort Apache Indian Reservation

The Lion Fire continues to benefit forest health and fuels reduction. Yesterday firefighters conducted burnout operations along the 47D road. A few spot fires occurred within the boundary of the fire but were worked on by firefighters. Today’s plan include conducting interior burnout operations and to monitor the fire. No new ignitions will be conducted as firefighters anticipate precipitation over the fire. 

Today firefighters will conduct burnout operations. The previous news release stated that no ignitions were plan over the weekend however, favorable weather conditions will allow for ignitions to resume.

The Lion Fire continues to benefit forest health and fuels reduction. As long as conditions allow and objectives are met, crews will continue actively managing this fire. Expect smoke to increase. Fire managers will closely monitor smoke impact.

Smoke may be visible from the Dehose Fire mainly due to burn out operations. Area residents and visitors are urged to use caution while driving in the area. Additionally those who have respiratory issues should remain indoors and away from smoke saturated areas.

Active backing fire behavior was observed along Division B & H. Crews conducted firing operations in Division B. Active fire behavior was observed along ridge tops in the brush, grass and the dead and down fuels. The fire pushed north along uncontrolled line in Division H & Y.

The Dehose Fire is moving in a north easterly direction in steep rugged terrain. The south end of the fire line is holding.

The Central West Zone – Type 3 Incident Management Team assumed command yesterday (June 19) at 6:00 p.m.

Fire crews plan to hold and patrol existing control lines along S perimeter. They will continue fireline construction along E and N perimeter of the fire. Fire behavior is active along ridge tops in the brush, grass and the dead and down fuels. The fire has pushed north along uncontrolled lines into adjacent drainage.

Fire Summary:

The DeHose Fire doubled in size overnight. Yesterday fire crews worked on building line around the perimeter of the fire. Fire behavior is mainly active on the ridge tops in the brush, grass and the dead and down fuels. The Retardant line did not hold on the north flank of the fire as the fire was active throughout the night. Today, air support is on the fire and a dozer will work on an old dozer line to build indirect line.

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