Fire managers on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests continue managing a lightning-caused wildfire located west of Chevelon Canyon, approximately nine miles northwest of Forest Lakes.
The fire activity is east of FS Road 169, west of FS Road 180/Chevelon Canyon Lake, south of FS road 169B, and north of FS Road 119. The Circle Bar wildfire is in a remote area and does not pose a risk to private property.
The Circle Bar wildfire was detected on Sept. 10 and is estimated at 130 acres. It is burning in ponderosa pine with needle litter and small ground fuels. This is a low-intensity burn and the fire is creeping and smoldering along the ground. Fire managers on the Black Mesa Ranger District are monitoring this fire and managing it to meet multiple objectives including:
· Reducing heavy fuel loading to diminish future danger from wildfire.
· Maintaining and enhancing healthy wildlife habitat.
· Recycling valuable nutrients back into the soil.
· Re-introducing natural low-intensity wildfire into the ecosystem.
Managed wildfire is a tool used by fire managers only after careful analysis to determine that favorable conditions exist for this action. The Black Mesa Ranger District appreciates the public’s support of our on-going efforts to improve forest health and diminish the risk of wildfire to our communities.
For daily updates of fire information in southern Apache and Navajo counties dial 5-9-3 from a Frontier network land line, *(star) 5-9-3 from a Cellular One of Northeastern Arizona cell phone, or (928) 333-4312 from any location or phone.