Bear Fire grows to 15,300 acres

    Greenlee County. It is estimated at 15,300 acres and 0% contained.


    The fire is located in very remote, steep terrain that is covered in dense brush with little to no access. Due to the Bear’s location, fuels and values at risk, forest officials have chosen a confine/contain and point protection strategy for this incident which will reduce exposure to suppression resources.


    Fire crews are conducting point protection on Highway 191, range improvements, remote cabins, and residential structures. Point protection is a wildfire response strategy which protects resources and structures from wildfire without directly halting the continued spread of the wildfire.


    Current fire behavior ranges from smoldering and creeping, to single tree and group torching, running crown fire, and spotting in ponderosa pine with grass and brush. It will be warming and drier in most areas Friday through Saturday followed by the potential for a strong moisture surge from Sunday into next week.


    Closures and Evacuations: Highway 191 is closed effective Sunday, June 20, 2021. The closure is from milepost 176 to milepost 250.The closure will remain in effect until further notice.


    Smoke: Smoke from the Bear Fire may impact Highway 191 and the Blue River. An interactive smoke map at allows you to search for current smoke information. 

    Size: 15,300 acres                                                                     Containment: 0%

             Incident Start Date: June 16, 2021                                         Cause: Lightning

             Location: 10 miles south of Hannagan Meadow

    Resources Assigned: Type 3 Incident Commander, Local Initial Attack crew, 1 Type 3      helicopter and several overhead for a total of 22 personnel         

    For information on the Bear Fire see InciWeb: and Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, check out our website                                       

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