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UPDATED: Cedar Creek Fire Community News

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.