G22 Fire Update April 09, 2021

Location of Origin: 10 miles northwest of Cibecue, Arizona

Start Date: April 4, 2021       

Size: 1,316 Acres      

Cause: Under Investigation   

Percent Contained: 0                                                           

Personnel: 111                     

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

Resources Assigned: 4 Type 6 engines, 1 Type 4 engine, 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.


Operations: Driven by winds, warm weather, and dry fuels, the G22 fire increased in size yesterday, with most of the growth on the eastern flanks. Active fire behavior is expected again today, mostly along the north and northeastern portions of the fire. Movement on the southern edge has been minimal. Firefighters will assess holding features today and will look for containment opportunities while closely monitoring burnout operations.


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 mostly sunny skies with highs near 73 degrees, and wind gusts up to 20 mph. 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 White Mountain communities, and along U.S. 60 and 260. 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)