Lofer Fire

UPDATE, 9/8/20: 1,256 acres, 50% contained. Officials have said, “Crews will actively suppress spot fires, slop overs. Crews will also monitor fire activity along the BIA 71 Road and in Big Bonito Creek. Crews will continue to construct indirect fire lines and prep roads to hold fire along identified contingency lines to protect timber and plantation resources, watersheds and Apache Trout habitat.”

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The Lofer Fire is fifteen miles east of Whiteriver. It’s at 594 acres with 0% containment. Officials have reported, “Yesterday, thunderstorms stayed north and south of the fire area, resulting in minimal precipitation over the fire. Once the cloud cover cleared, one to three-foot flames were slowly moving the fire around on Lofer Bench above Big Bonito Creek in grass, needles and ‘buck’ brush. This movement could result in fire spread to the north, which may begin to move down into Big Bonito Creek in new areas. Yesterday crews conducted firing operations along Road 71 to stay ahead of the fire and prevent it from spreading north. Today crews will finish construction of the control line southwest of the ridge and continue to prepare Road 71 for firing operations should they be needed. They will also look for containment opportunities in case the fire crosses Road 71. The low-to-moderate intensity fire is consuming mostly oak brush and forest debris, with minimal tree torching. BIA 55 and BIA 71 remain closed to the public.”