G22 Fire Update April 16, 2021

Location of Origin: 10 miles northwest of Cibecue, Arizona 

Start Date: April 3, 2021        

Size: 2,026 Acres        

Cause: Under Investigation    

Percent Contained: 50                                                           

Personnel: 55                        

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

Resources Assigned: 2 Type 6 engines, 1 Type 4 engine, 1 dozer, 1-Type 2 IA hand crew, 1 water tender, 1 medical team, 1 type 3 Helicopter, and miscellaneous overhead. 


Operations: Firefighters patrolled and mopped up hot spots and assessed any other threats to containment lines yesterday. Today fire crews will continue to deploy the same tactics to further secure all containment lines, assess any hazard trees and hold the fire within the established perimeters. There are remaining unburned islands within the interior of the fire that may still burn, but those do not pose a threat to containment lines. More firefighting resources will be released today due to moderated fire activity and an increase in containment. 


Weather:  Lighter winds, 5-10 mph, are expected today with continued dry conditions and a high of 59 degrees. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for a slight chance of showers and isolated thunderstorms with little to no accumulation expected.  


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)