Brush fire burning in eastern Arizona south of Show Low

Pablo Tucker
June 17, 2016

Show Low Police has sent out an alert noting that the fire is 3 miles from Forestdale.

Pre-evacuation notices were issued for residents of Show Low, Pinetop-Lakeside, Fort Apache, Hon Dah and McNary.

When the fire was first reported Tuesday, officials pegged it at several acres. It has been classified as a Type 1 fire, indicating the highest risk.

A spokesperson for Navajo County says there are more than 300 firefighters on the ground and two air tankers are working to control the blaze, which has reached the treetops, making it easier to spread.

The blaze still was burning about a mile from locations that would trigger mandatory evacuations. Authorities have temporarily restricted flight within a 7-mile radius of the fire: "If you fly, we can't".

"It is common for lightning-caused fires to show up days later, these are called holdover lightning fires", Rechsteiner said.

He noted that no evacuations are planned as of yet or in effect at this time.

"Last time we evacuated, we went to their house and just had a mini vacation honestly", Binnie said.


The shelter was previously located at Snowflake Junior High but was moved to Snowflake High School to better accommodate the needs of evacuees.

Other reports by iNewsToday