G22 Fire Update April 08, 2021

Location of Origin: 10 miles northwest of Cibecue, Arizona

Start Date: April 3, 2021       

Size: 1,000 Acres      

Cause: Under investigation   

Percent Contained: 0                                                           

Personnel: 74                       

Fuels: Grass/brush understory, snags, pine-stringers

Resources Assigned: 5 Type 6 engines, 2 dozers, 20 person IHC crew, 19-person IA hand crew, 10 person IA hand crew, 2 water tenders, medical team, 1 type 3 helicopter, and other miscellaneous incident management overhead.


The G22 fire transitioned from a Type-4 organization to a Type-3 complexity fire when the White Mountain Zone Incident Management Team assumed command today at 6:00 a.m. 


Operations: The G22 fire is burning within the Rodeo-Chediski fire scar, in rugged terrain with a large volume of snags/dead trees. Windy conditions continue to test fire contingency lines along the northeast portion of the fire, and to keep the fire in check, burnout operations along the 22H road to the G22 junction were conducted. The southern flank of the fire has experienced only minimal movement. Firefighters will continue to construct handline in the southeast flank along Spring Creek to the 32C road junction.


Closures: The junction of the 27/28 road, north of Grasshopper Ranch and Salt Creek north of Chediski Lookout, is closed due to fire activity.   


Weather: Today’s forecast is calling for warm temperatures, with a high near 76 degrees. Winds are expected at 13 to 17 mph with gusts as high as 28 mph. Tonight will be clear with a low around 44. The drying trend is expected to continue with no precipitation in the near-term forecast.


Values at risk: Fire fighter and public safety are the highest priorities for the incident management team. The G22 fire area includes important lands to the White Mountain Apache people. Firefighters are working to protect commercial timberlands, watersheds, riparian areas, rangelands, heritage sites, and recreation and wilderness areas.


Safety: Smoke may be visible from Cibecue and along U.S. 60. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures.   


Official fire information can be found on these sites.

G22 Fire Update (PDF)