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Lion Fire Update on Fort Apache Reservation

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Summary: The lightning-ignited Lion Fire is estimated to be approximately 20 acres. The fire started on May 7, 2016. The fire is located in the southeast portion of the reservation, just south of Tonto Creek and east of the Y47 Road. The fire is within a ponderosa pine and oak shrub fuel type and mixed confier. Fire behavior has been low due to high humidity and recent showers.

The Lion Fire is being managed to achieve natural resource benefits and to reduce hazardous fuels. Resource benefit fires are managed for multiple objectives including reducing accumulated forest litter and fuels, maintaining fire in a fire-adapted ecosystem, increasing firefighter and public safety, and protecting cultural resources and wildlife habitat.

The Resources on the fire include: Fort Apache hotshots, Fort Apache type 2IA Crew, Cibecue fuels, 3 type 6 engines and 1 dozer. Fire managers plan to manage the Lion Fire within predetermine boundaries. Today, fire crews will begin to open up roads and work on predetermined boundaries.

Smoke may become visible within the next couple of days. For more information, you can call 928-205-5662.

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