Gentry Fire-Daily Update

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July 4, 2017 10:00 a.m.

 

Location: 12 miles southwest of Heber, AZ and 4 miles southeast of Forest Lakes, AZ near Black Canyon Lake on the Black Mesa Ranger District, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests

Start Date:  6/28/2017                                                              Percent Contained:  90

Size:   641 acres                                                                             Resources Assigned: 98

Cause:   Lightning

Vegetation: Dead and down, Pine, and brush

Update: This will be the final update on The Gentry Fire unless significant events occur.

Management of The Gentry Fire has returned to the Black Mesa Ranger District. The Gentry Fire will continue to burn within the perimeter of established control lines until the area receives significant, repeated precipitation. Firefighters will continue to monitor and patrol the fire and take action as needed. Smoke may be visible rising from within control lines as the fire burns pockets of unburned fuels within the fire’s perimeter.

Recreation: The closure order associated with The Gentry Fire will be lifted at 2:00 p.m. today, July 4, 2017, reopening Black Canyon Lake, Black Canyon Rim and Gentry Campgrounds, as well as Forest Roads 300 and 86.

Overview: The fire was reported Wednesday afternoon June 28, 2017.  Initial attack crews were challenged by rugged terrain and heavy dead and down fuels within the 2002 Rodeo-Chediski Fire scar.

 

Fire Information: Gentry Fire Information: (928) 535-7300

Information Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, Closed Tuesday 7/4 for Independence Day

InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5300/   

Web: www.fs.usda.gov/asnf

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/apachesitgreavesnfs

Twitter: @A_SNFs

Email: dlroznovak@fs.fed.us

 

Know Before You Go:

Discovered: June 28, 2017

Location:  12 miles southwest of Heber, AZ and 4 miles southeast of Forest Lakes in Gentry Canyon on the Black Mesa Ranger District of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests

Start Date: June 28, 2017                                                                          Percent contained:  0%

Size: Approximately 175 acres                                                                  Cause: Lightning

Vegetation: Ponderosa pine and brush with heavy dead and down component

Personnel Assigned: 165 including 2 hotshot crews, 5 Hand-crews, 2 Bulldozers, 3 water tenders, 1 type 1 helicopter, 1 type 3 helicopter, 2 engines

 

Update: Last night (6/29/2017) fire crews were began critical burn out operation to enforcing the dozer line to the east. Fire activity was moderate with some spotting along the line. Crews were able to contain the spots and continued to hold and reinforce line.

Today’s operations will focus on holding and monitoring the lines. Weather conditions permitting, crews hope to introduce fire to reinforce the lines and to remove unburned fuels within the fire area.

 

Weather: Light winds are expected throughout the day with sunny skies and higher than normal temperatures remaining over the region through the weekend.

 

Recreation: The following closures remain in effect on the Black Mesa Ranger District: (Forest Order 01-17-601):

  • Forest Road 300 south from Forest Road 86 to 487 (near Turkey Springs)
  • Brookbank Dispersed Camp area
  • Forest Road 86 from Forest Road 300 to Baca Meadow including dispersed camp areas near Black Canyon Lake
  • Black Canyon Lake Recreation Area
  • Black Canyon Rim Campground
  • Gentry Campground
  • Hangman Trail

 

Community: Smoke is expected to impact Heber-Overgaard and State Route 260 through the weekend and may be heavy at times. The fire is not a direct threat to the community and will not impact the holiday activities planned by the Heber Overgaard Chamber of Commerce.

 

Overview: The fire was reported Wednesday afternoon and was estimated to be at 2 acres.  Direct attack on the fire proved challenging due to the rugged terrain and heavy dead and down component within the 2002 Rodeo Chediski Fire scar therefore, an indirect suppression tactic is being employed.  Crews are utilizing existing roads and new dozer lines to keep the fire footprint as small as possible.

 

Structures Threatened: Gentry Fire Tower and Gentry Campground

 

Fire Information: The Apache-Sitgreaves remains in Stage 1 fire restrictions. No fires, no charcoal, and no smoking outside of developed (fee for use) campgrounds.

Know Before You Go:

o Northeastern Arizona Public Information System: http://311info.net/ or call 311 or 928.333.3412

o Arizona Fire Restrictions: http://firerestrictions.us/az/

o Fire Restrictions and Red Flag Alerts: http://wildlandfire.az.gov/

o Wildfires Near Me: http://www.wildfiresnearme.wfmrda.com/

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