7/05/2017-WHITE MOUNTAIN ZONE TYPE 3 INCIDENT MANAGEMENT TEAM
This fire was discovered on June 27, 2017. It is approximately 41 miles south of Alpine and 56 miles north of Clifton. It has stayed East of HWY 191 on the Clifton Ranger District, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. SH Creek fire is at 0% containment and is burning at 580 acres. The cause of this fire was started by natural causes via lightening. It is burning Ponderosa Pines, brush, and grass. There are 87 personnel assigned to the fire including; 1 hotshot crew, 1 type II crew, 2 hand-crews, 1 type 3 Helicopter, 2 engines
Initial Fire Information: The SH Creek Fire was originally discovered on June 27, 2017 and put into a monitor status due to limited access, steep terrain and firefighter safety. Over the past couple of days the fire shifted direction due to passing thunderstorms causing it to spread toward U.S. Highway 191.
White Mountain Zone Type 3 Incident Management Team took command of the fire today from the Clifton Ranger District. Crews are currently working along the eastern side of the Highway conducting burnout operations. Strategies and tactics include: preventing the fire from crossing Highway 191 by conducting burnout operations, monitoring the eastern edge of the fire where steep, inaccessible terrain makes it too dangerous for firefighters to fight fire safely, and to provide protection to Rose Peak Lookout and Sawmill Cabin.
Weather: Temperatures are expected to remain high and relative humidity low. The chance of thunderstorms increase as the weekend approaches.
Closures: U.S. Highway 191 is currently closed from mile marker 225 at Blue Vista Overlook to mile marker 201 north of Pine Flat Road. The highway will remain closed until there is no longer a threat to firefighter or public safety.
Use caution driving on Highway 191 as smoke is settling into low lying areas making it difficult to see even short distances.
Smoke: Smoke will be visible in the Blue Primitive Area, from Highway 191 and possibly the Hannagan Meadow area.
Fire Restrictions: The Apache-Sitgreaves remains in Stage 1 fire restrictions. No fires, no charcoal, and no smoking outside of developed (fee for use) campgrounds.
Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. Every time a drone is spotted anywhere within the Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) area, all aircraft must land until we can be sure the drone is clear of this area. Visit the National Interagency Fire Center webpage, https://www.nifc.gov/drones/ for more info.