Bears Fire


Incident #: TNF-1470
Fire Start: 8 months ago
Location: 24.8 miles NNW of Roosevelt, AZ
Acres: 2,000
Agency: Phoenix Interagency Fire Center (AZ-PHC)
Resources: BAT 12-51 BAT 12-52 CREW 2 ENG 12-46 FUEL 12-44 FUELS 12-2

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Incident Overview

Updated: 16 hours, 1 min ago — Bears Fire Burnout Operations to Resume August 19 PHOENIX, August 16, 2018 —For Immediate Release. Firefighters plan to resume burnout operations related to the Bears Fire beginning on Sunday, August 19. Burning temporarily was suspended August 9 due to rainfall from monsoons. If proper conditions continue, firefighters will burn an additional 1,800 acres of Ponderosa Pine and brush in the Mistake Peak and Picture fire scars and conclude burnout operations on Friday, August 24. To date, burnout operations have removed understory fuels from approximately 6,500 acres of pine. Burnout operations began August 1 as part of the Forest Service’s containment strategy to: Ensure 100 percent containment of the Bears Fire Reduce threats to firefighter and public safety as well as reduce costs and natural resource damage due to fires by burning dead and downed vegetation as well as surface fuels A lightning strike ignited the Bears Fire on July 26 in Bear Head...


Incident Contact
Payson Ranger District
Phone: 928-474-7900
Hours: M-F 8:00am to 4:30pm
Fire Unit Information
Tonto National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Phoenix, AZ 85006

Basic Information

Date of Origin
Thursday July 26th, 2018 approx. 01:45 PM
Bear Head Canyon, located in the northeast section of the Tonto National Forest approximately 10 miles southwest of Young, Arizona
Incident Commander
William Dudley
33.965 latitude, -111.113 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel
6,500 Acres
Fuels Involved
Timber and brush