The San Juan Fire Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) efforts are near completion within the San Juan Fire burned area located on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (ASNFs) south of Vernon, AZ. “Last week aerial seeding of 60,000 pounds of sterile barley and native seed mix was dispersed over 1,220 acres of the burned area. Areas which lost most of its ground cover were targeted for the seeding.
Temporary closures were modified on Tuesday, July 08, 2014 in the area of the San Juan Fire. If you have business in the area of the closure, please contact the Springerville Ranger District at 928-333-6200 to apply for an access permit.
Now open to the public: • The Vernon-McNary Road to the areas of: Naegle Ranch, Carlock Ranch, Red Cabin Ranch and Whiting Homestead. • There are no private withholdings within the closure area. • FR 117 is now open.
The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team has begun assessment within the San Juan Fire area five miles south of Vernon, AZ. The BAER Team is comprised of U.S. Forest Service employees who specialize in multiple resource areas working together to assess time critical activities to be completed before the first damaging storm event. BAER Team specialists are currently conducting field surveys and using science based models to rapidly evaluate and assess the burned area.
The San Juan Fire grew approximately 700 acres yesterday due to low intensity burnout operations. The operations were conducted to increase the defensibility of fire lines.
As a result, most of the fire activity will be on the west side of the fire today. On the north and east sides of the fire, firefighters will continue to perform mop-up duties and work towards containment. Engines were assigned to patrol the fire’s edge and surrounding roads last night.
The San Juan Fire is 5% contained on the south end of the fire.
Growth on the fire today is attributed to burnout operations conducted on the west side of the fire. The purpose is to reduce the amount of fuel between fire lines and the main body of the fire. These burnout operations will continue through Monday and may result in increased smoke production and visible flames.
The San Juan Fire, burning 18 miles southeast of Show, is estimated at 5,000 acres and zero percent containment. Fire personnel continue to reinforce fire containment lines on the San Juan Fire. Incident Commander Matt Reidy is pleased with the progress firefighters are making, and for staying safe by utilizing past pine thinning treatments as anchors to control the fire progress. Fire activity was minimal along the southern edge. Assigned engines are currently assisting with the assessment and protection of structures in the area. No structures have been lost.
The San Juan Fire is burning 18 miles southeast of Show Low and is estimated at 5,000 acres and zero percent containment.
A public meeting has been scheduled in Vernon at Fire Station 1 at 6:00 p.m. today. Members of the incident management team as well as the Fort Apache Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests will be present to discuss the current status of the fire and planned containment efforts.
The San Juan Fire is located north of Arizona State Highway 260 and south of the town of Vernon off of US Highway 260 (approx. 3 ½ hours from Phoenix).
The fire laid down overnight and fire activity resumed this morning and on into the afternoon. The fire crossed containment lines around 1600 hours, and crews are re-establishing the lines on both east and west sides. The north end of the fire is holding.
The American Red Cross shelter for evacuees displaced by the San Juan Fire in Apache County will stay open until at least Saturday morning. At that time, the situation will be re-evaluated by the Red Cross, in conjunction with Apache County Emergency Management, to determine if sheltering is still needed. The shelter was opened by Red Cross volunteers late Thursday night and has had no residents to date.