Blue River Fire burns over 18,000 acres east of Globe, Arizona

Six miles northeast of San Carlos

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Map showing the location of the Blue River Fire at 9:52 a.m. June 8, 2020. Data from the incident management team.

The Blue River Fire has burned 18,602 acres 6 miles northeast of San Carlos, Arizona since it started from a lightning strike June 5. The fire is being managed by the Arizona Central West Zone Type 3 Incident Management Team.

It is burning in desert grass and brush with Ponderosa pine at the higher elevations.

The team is working to ensure all fire resources are meeting the requirements of the Centers for Disease Control as well as the standards set by the San Carlos Apache Tribe Emergency Response Commission related to COVID-19. All firefighters and team members are temperature tested before entering tribal lands. Firefighters will be “spiked-out”, camping in designated remote areas safely adjacent to the fires.

Blue River Fire northeast of San Carlos, Arizona
Blue River Fire northeast of San Carlos, Arizona, June 7, 2020. Photo: SCA Forestry.

The team members assisting with incident support will be working remotely from Globe, 22 air miles to the west-southwest. Firefighters will be fed and supported at their remote spike camps by local drivers that meet the tribal COVID-19 testing requirements, delivering food and supplies several times a day.

The fire has been spreading north-northeast pushed by strong, gusty winds. Smoke has been settling into the San Carlos area at night and during the day has been affecting the Fort Apache Indian Reservation.

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Smoke generated by three wildfires in southeast Arizona, June 8, 2020. NOAA Hazard Mapping System.

Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire. Google+

2 thoughts on “Blue River Fire burns over 18,000 acres east of Globe, Arizona”

  1. THANKS, BILL YOUR SERVICE & DEDICATION IS APPRECIATED.. ANY UPDATES ARE VERY HELPFUL WE HAVE TWO PLACES ONE IN ALPINE & IN S/E ARIZONA… YOUR UPDATES ARE ALWAYS WELCOME.. DO YOU KNOW OF A SITE THAT WOULD NOTIFY US VIA TEXT MESSAGING AS WELL.. THIS WAY WE CAN WATCH OVER ANY CHANGES IN FIRES & NEW FIRES AS WELL …. SINCERELY NEAL & DIANE HANNA

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