6/22/16 – 8:00 – The fire remains at 42,802 acres but has improved to 24% containment. A containment line now exists on the south side of the fire and north of the Cedar Creek Community.
Fire activity was limited today, but the primary activity occurred on the east side of the fire within the steep canyons. With the direction of the wind out of the west, several embers were able to cross the 33 road, but they were suppressed by fire crews and helicopters. As of this time, no spot fires have become established across the 33 Road.
Fire crews will keep working to fortify the eastern flank of the blaze throughout the night. Show Low, Pinetop-Lakeside, McNary, Hon-Dah and Cedar Creek remain in pre-evacuation status.
US Hwy 60 remains closed, but access to Show Low, Pinetop-Lakeside, McNary and Hon-Dah can still be accomplished through an approximately 20 minute detour through Hwy 73. State Route 260 also remains open to access northern communities.
Official Update ***6/22/2016 at 7:36 pm******
As of 5:00pm, the fire is at 42,802 acres with 934 fire personnel. The fire is 24% contained.
There is now a containment line on the south side of the fire and north of the Cedar Creek Community. There was little fire activity on the southernmost end of the fire.
Along the southwest side of the fire, fire personnel used aerial ignition in the area of Long Tom Canyon to create a backing fire that would minimize the effect of the wildfire. There were side pockets of fire activity within the pine strands, but the ground fuel is sparse and would not carry the fire.
The primary activity occurred on the east side of the fire within the steep canyons. With the direction of the wind out of the west, several embers crossed the 33 road and were suppressed by fire crews and helicopters. As of this time, no spot fires have become established across the 33 Road.
Objectives for night operations are to look for opportunities on the east side of the fire to safely tie into existing lined or burned areas and to mop up and monitor the spots east of the 33 road.
Show Low, Pinetop/Lakeside, Hon-dah, McNary and Cedar Creek remain under pre-evacuation notice.
Official Fire update *****6/21/16 at 11:34 am******
The fire grew an additional 10,138 acres due to extremely hot weather and dry conditions and is now at 35.500 acres with 20 percent containment.
The current perimeter of the fire extends directly south and east of Highway 60 across the Gila County/Navajo County boundary. The eastern edge of the fire has crossed over the Cedar Creek drainage. The southern perimeter is still approximately 1 1⁄2 miles north of Hwy 73, and approximately 2 miles north of the Cedar Creek community, burning in sparse vegetation. Crews continue to work on the south end of the fire to prevent further growth.
The north sector remains fairly quiet. Burnout operations were conducted at strategic locations on the western side and along reservation road 33 in the Middle Cedar Creek drainage. The 2015 Playground Fire scar on the eastern side of the fire is being utilized as a fuel break.
Fire activity may lessen slightly today as the temperatures lower and humidity rises slightly. There is a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms, but temperatures in the area are still 3-5 degrees above average. Winds are predominately from the south.
While subtropical moisture from the south will have a cooling, moderating effect on fire behavior, there is a chance it could produce gusty, erratic winds of up to 15 mph in the afternoon. There are isolated islands of unburned vegetation within the fire perimeter that may become active today.
Last night, the Navopache Electric Co-Op de-energized the power lines to Cibecue, Cedar Creek, and Carrizo to protect firefighters as they conducted burnout operations around power lines. Power lines were re-energized at approximately 11:30 p.m.
The Community of Cedar Creek remains under pre-evacuation notice. There are no orders at this time. If an evacuation notice is given, Cedar Creek would be evacuated to Round Valley Middle school in Eagar via Highway 73. Community members that choose to leave the area now can go to either Holbrook High School at 455 N 8th Ave., Holbrook or to the Round Valley Middle School 126 W. 2nd ST., Eagar, with their small animals. Livestock may be taken to Round Valley Rodeo Grounds, the Holbrook Fairgrounds, and the Taylor Rodeo Complex.
The community is invited to hear directly from Incident Management leadership at a community meeting scheduled to take place today. The meeting will be at:
· 5:30pm, LDS Stake Center, 1401 W. Deuce of Clubs. Show Low, AZ
Citizens wishing to attend the meeting should check the Show Low city website at http://showlowaz.gov/ to verify the location of the meeting.
We remain under pre-evacuation orders at this time.
6/16/16 10:30 a.m. – The Cedar Creek Fire has grown to 5,000+. The areas of Show Low, Pinetop and Lakeside are on Pre-Evacuation alert at this time. Please be ready to evacuate in an orderly fashion if the orders are received.
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Do not email contact information to staff at Navajo County this will not get you into the notification system. Staff at Emergency Managements Emergency Operations Center are working to support the first responders working on the fire.
In addition do NOT call dispatch centers for updates or information. Again dispatchers are working to support the first responders in the area.
To receive verified updated information you can of course check here at 311infol.net or call 311 for information. If you do not get an answer try again, these phones are now staffed and there are people working to answer your questions.