The wildfire area includes land important to the White Mountain Apache people, the White Mountain area incident management team said.
CIBECUE, Arizona – Several fire management teams are working to contain and extinguish a wildfire that burns on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation near Cibecue, Arizona.
The blaze, named the G22 fire, burned 2,026 acres on Friday morning. The fire also caused the closure of Highway 27/28 north of Grasshopper Rance and Salt Creek, authorities from the White Mountain Area Incident Management Team said.
The fire was 50% under control on Friday morning, authorities said.
A red flag warning, which designates critical fire conditions due to high winds and low humidity, went into effect at noon on Wednesday and lasted until 8 p.m., the team said.
Firefighters are said to be focusing on public safety as they work to stop the blaze from progressing, with crews using nearby roads as essential holding elements to keep the blaze at bay.
“The G22 fire zone includes land important to the Apache people of White Mountain,” the management team said. “Firefighters work to protect commercial forests, watersheds, riparian areas, rangelands, heritage sites, and recreation and wilderness areas.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
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