G22 Fire Update April 14, 2021

Location of Origin: 10 miles northwest of Cibecue, Arizona

Start Date: April 3, 2021       

Size: 2,008 Acres      

Cause: Under Investigation   

Percent Contained: 21                                                         

Personnel: 172                     

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

Resources Assigned: 8 Type 6 engines, 1 Type 4 engine, 2 dozers, 1-20 person IHC crews, 2-Type 2 IA hand crews, 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: Fire crews mopped up yesterday in areas where burnout operations had occurred, and they assessed all threats to containment lines. Today, firefighters will patrol to look for any remnant hot spots near fire lines, and extinguish them, while continuing to mop up along the blackened portions of the fire to increase the width of containment lines along the north and east flanks. Some interior islands of unburned fuel, that pose no threat to containment lines, will continue to burn.       


Alerts: A Red Flag Warning is in effect today from noon to 8 pm, and is due to critical fire weather conditions that are either occurring or are imminent. A combination of strong winds and low relative humidities can contribute to extreme fire behavior.


Weather: Southwest winds will become strong today with 40 mph gusts, and a forecasted high of 64 degrees. Relative humidities are expected to be in the teens.


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.   


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)