Apache-Sitgreaves NF Fires (AZ) | Sept 7 2016

There are 2 lightning-caused fires (Sam Jim and Badger) burning on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.


The Badger fire is currently at 11.3 acres with a 90% containment status.

Evening work was done on the fire line last night.

It started on September 5, 2016.


The  Sam Jim Fire is located 4 miles S of Chevelon Lake in side line drainage is at approximately 100 acres  of ponderosa pine with grass understory and conifer (light fuels) with a 0% containment status.

Line work was completed on the evening of September 6th.

There is (1) Type 6 engine with miscellaneous overhead attached this incident.

The fire has been reportedly with minimum fire behavior, creeping and smoldering.

This fire started on September 5, 2016.


The NWS forecasted on September 6th,  30-50% thunderstorms over the western side of the Apache-Sitgreaves NFs and 40-80% over the northeastern side of the Apache-Sitgreaves NFs. Please Know Before You Go! The forests can have extreme weather events when it’s warm and dry in the Phoenix area.


The current weather in the Phoenix, Arizona area is 79*F temps and mostly cloud with a 20% chance showers.

On Thursday, there is a 10% chance of storms then the weather is due to turn sunny with a high of 91*F temps.


Here is one resource to check fire danger on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. (Source:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/asnf/home/?cid=stelprdb5303947&width=full)

District Fire Danger Date Updated
Alpine Low August 29, 2016
Black Mesa Moderate August 29, 2016
Clifton Moderate August 29, 2016
Lakeside Moderate August 29, 2016
Springerville Low August 29, 2016


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The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests  were administratively combined in 1974 and are now managed as one unit from the Forest Supervisor’s Office in Springerville, Arizona. The 2-million acre Forest encompasses magnificent mountain country in east-central Arizona along the Mogollon Rim and the White Mountains.

It boasts has 34 lakes and reservoirs and more than 680 miles of rivers and streams – more than can be found in any other Southwestern National Forest. The White Mountains contain the headwaters of several Arizona rivers including the Black, the Little Colorado, and the San Francisco.

The Sitgreaves was named for Captain Lorenzo Sitgreaves, a government topographical engineer who conducted the first scientific expedition across Arizona in the early 1850’s. On the Sitgreaves, the major attractions for visitors from the hot valleys of Phoenix or Tucson are the Mogollon Rim and the string of man-made lakes. From the Rim’s 7600-foot elevation, vista points provide inspiring views of the low country to the south and west.

In the last century, the US Army established a series of forts in New Mexico and Arizona. To supply these forts and settlements, a military road was built linking Sante Fe, New Mexico and Camp Verde near Prescott. Part of this road, called the General Crook Trail, runs almost the length of the Sitgreaves and in many places follows the brink of the Rim.

The Apache National Forest is named after the tribes that settled in this area. It ranges in elevation from 3500 feet near Clifton to nearly 11,500 feet on Mount Baldy. The congressionally proclaimed Mount Baldy, Escudilla, and Bear Wallow wildernesses and the Blue Range Primitive Area make the Apache one of America’s premier backcountry Forests. The Apache is also noted for its trout streams and high-elevation lakes and meadows.

On the Sitgreaves National Forest  is the major attractions for the visitors from the desert are the Mogollon Rim and eight cold-water lakes. From the Mogollon Rim’s 7,600- foot elevation, vista points provide inspiring views of the low lands to the south. The Rim (pronounced: muggy-own) extends two hundred miles from Flagstaff into western New Mexico.

On the Apache National Forest ranges in elevation from 3,500 feet to nearly 11,500 feet and is named for the tribes that settled in this area. The area from Mount Baldy east to Escudilla Mountain is often referred to as the White Mountains of Arizona. From the edge of the Mogollon Rim south of Hannagan Meadow the land drops precipitously into the high desert around Clifton.

(Source/Courtesy:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/asnf)

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