The Cedar fire grew an additional 10,138 acres due to extremely hot weather and dry conditions. The total fire size is approximately 35,500 acres and estimated at 20 percent containment. The fire is located southwest of Show Low and Pinetop-Lakeside, east of Highway 60 on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. Approximately 847 personnel are supporting fire operations.
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.
Yesterday, Cedar fire activity increased on the southeastern section of the fire, producing additional smoke in the afternoon. Although fire behavior was active in this portion of the main fire, it did not cross any of the control lines established by firefighters on the eastern side. Crews continued to strengthen and extend the eastern control lines to the south.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs and the White Mountain Apache Tribe brought in John Pierson's Type 1 Incident Management Team to assume command of the Cedar Fire at 6:00pm on Thursday, June 16. The public can continue to get information on the Cedar Fire by calling the 311 Northeastern Arizona Public Information System at 928-333- 3412.