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Firefighters Battling G22 Fire Brace For Gusty Winds

Coverage of tribal natural resources is supported in part by Catena Foundation

Firefighters are bracing for gusty winds Wednesday as they continue containment efforts on the G22 Fire burning about 10 miles northwest of Cibeque on White Mountain Apache tribal lands.

Steve Johnson, public information officer for the White Mountain Zone incident management team, said apart from dangerous winds, the rough terrain and amount of fuel are added difficulties.

“It’s also on the old Rodeo-Chediski fire scar from 2001, so there’s a lot of dead, downed fuels. A lot of the trees that were burned in that fire way back then have fallen and are matchsticks all over the ground," Johnson said. 

Johnson said teams are trying to protect tribal watersheds and heritage sites as well as wilderness and recreational areas.

The cause of the fire, which has burned just over 2,000 acres and is 21% contained, is under investigation.

Tom Maxedon was the host of KJZZ’s Weekend Edition from 2017 to 2024.