Law Enforcement officials from the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office, Show Low Police Department, and the Pinetop-Lakeside Police Department are lifting the Pre-evacuation notice that has been in effect throughout Show Low and Pinetop-Lakeside. This decision comes after consultation with Southwest Area Type 1 Incident Management Team (2).
Significant progress was made Thursday in containing the Cedar Fire. Containment jumped to 42% as several additional miles of fire line, on both the south and north sides of the fire were determined by fire officials to be secure. At the same time, officials are expressing concern about the possible convergence of monsoonal rains and the fire’s after-effects.
The Cedar Fire has grown to 35,877 acres. For the next 12 hours, fire growth is expected on the south and southeast flanks resulting in 2,500 acres growth. In 24 hours, fire growth is expected on the northeast, south and east flanks, resulting in 2,500 acres growth. After 48 hours, 2,500 acres of growth is expected on the south and east flanks. 72 hours out growth of 3,000 acres is expected on the south flank.
Cedar Fire activity has increased along the southern edge of the fire as predicted, specifically along the southeast and southwest flanks. The western flank of the fire remains north of Long Tom Canyon and the eastern flank remain west of Cedar Creek.
Today is expected to be the hottest and driest day of the season for the Cedar Fire. In fact, temperatures around Arizona are expected to break records. With the extreme heat and low humidity, there is an elevated possibility of extreme fire behavior. Smoke may be more visible and could develop into columns that could be visible some distance from the fire. Overnight there was a wind shift that will be pushing the fire to the south and southwest, essentially making what was the heel of the fire into its front line.
Navajo County is issuing per-evacuation orders for Show Low, Pinetop-Lakeside, McNary, Ft Apache and Hon-Dah communities regadring the Cedar Creek Fire burning south of Show Low. If an evacuation is issued, Navajo County will send out an alert through Ready Navajo County emergency alert system.
The Cedar Creek Fire is 12 miles south of Show Low, Arizona. Over 80 personnel are on the fire. The fire is moving in a north easterly direction up a draw. The fire is over 1000 acres. A Type 2 Incident Management Team is on order.
Highway 60 is closed between the junction of highway 60 and 73 and south of Show Low.