G22 Fire Update April 11, 2021

Location of Origin: 10 miles northwest of Cibecue, Arizona

Start Date: April 3, 2021       

Size: 1,711 Acres      

Cause: Under Investigation   

Percent Contained: 0                                                           

Personnel: 122                     

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

Resources Assigned: 7 Type 6 engines, 1 Type 4 engine, 2 dozers, 2-20 person IHC crews, 19-person IA hand crew, 10 person IA hand crew, 2 water tenders, 2 medical teams, 1 Rapid Extraction Medic Team (REMS), 1 type 3 helicopter, and other miscellaneous incident management overhead.


Operations: Roads act as critical holding features, or fire barriers, during burnout operations, and yesterday’s actions were successful and are holding steady. Firefighting crews worked to tie in, or connect, pieces of fire line to further secure perimeters along the active portions of the G22 fire. Prep work for additional burnout operations will continue today, and fire crews will look for opportunities to construct containment lines where it is safe to do so, while holding the already burned edges on the south and west flanks.


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: Cooler temperatures are expected today with highs near 69 degrees, and wind gusts up to 25 mph. A low pressure system is forecast to move into the area on Monday and could produce critical fire weather conditions on Tuesday and Wednesday.


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)

G22 Fire Map (PDF)