#SnakeRidge Fire | AZ | 4




A second wildfire by the name of Bear Fire has been discovered and is at a current 60 acres.  It called in by the Baker Butte Lookout on Thursday, June 1, 2017.  The remote location of the fire is in an area just above the Mogollon Rim, about 9 miles SE of Clints Well and 8 miles South of CC Cragin Reservoir. (near where the original wildfire scorched the Earth.)

This is not a RX burn but Fire Managers are to allow it to burn off heavy fire fuels.  Occasionally, they will will conduct burnout operation in specific areas to give direction to the fire as to where and how the fire should move through the area, as well keeping it from crossing over any containment lines.


The wildfire was ignited by lightning that hit the area and then lingered.  It was discovered by the Baker Butte Lookout on Friday, May 19, 2017,

Fire coverage map showing the closed area around the Snake Ridge Fire (June 5, 2017)

Fire Fuels

Fire fuels include but are not limited to Dead/down wood, pines needs and forest fuels.


Command Staff

A  Type 3 IMT unit commanded by both Jeff Thumm (IC), Jason McElfresh (Deputy IC) are assigned to this incident.

Resources / Equipment

20 Firefighters are assigned to this incident.


Acreage Destroyed/Fire Fuels

15,133 acres have been destroyed by this current fire, but Fire Managers plan to allow the fire to burn naturally and reduce the heavy fire fuel load up to 55,000 acres.

100% containment has been reached, but there still is a lot of work ahead and fire crews are working tirelessly to get the fire out.

Fire Tactics/Planned Fire Activities

Burn operations are planned along  the WAPA power lines and crews will continue to work to contain the fire, as well as patrolling.

FireManagers will also continue to attempt to educate the Public from entering the fire area.

Concerns / Threats

Concerns include shifting winds heading towards communities  There no immediate alerts of evacuations in effect or planned future evacuations at the time of this post.

Snake Ridge Fire, west of Happy Jack, Arizona, Mogollon Rim Ranger District. Photo taken May 27, 2017 by Fred, James Sarabia, Rusty on the Grand Canyon Helitack Crew.

Snake Ridge Fire, west of Happy Jack, Arizona, Mogollon Rim Ranger District. Photo taken May 27, 2017 by Fred, James Sarabia, Rusty / Grand Canyon Helitack Crew.


Fire suppression costs-to-date are $175,000.00. (as of May 26, 2017)


Remember when there is a wildfire, you need to avoid the area and allow for the passing of fire apparatus.  This is no time for you to impeded their fire operations.

Know before you go.  Learn where there are wildfires and also when not to go.



(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 6/5/2017 1950 PDT