7 PM Update to Fire Burning Near Bellemont. SET STATUS ORDERED FOR BELLEMONT #BravoFire



At 11:39, Ponderosa FD, Camp Navajo FD, and Forest Service FD are all on the scene of a new wildland fire that has broken out at Camp Navajo west of Flagstaff. The fire is currently at roughly 100 acres. The fire is being called the Bravo Fire. This is a developing incident, and we will provide real-time updates to this page. Updates to follow. SCROLL DOWN FOR UPDATES.

UPDATE 7:30 PM: Air attack is requested 2 Very Large Air Tankers (VLATS) to the incident. Two large air tankers are already on the scene.  IMT3 – SW Team NAZ to report today, 6 Jun 2024. Air Attack reporting the smoke column has shifted, making drops on the right flank difficult, but still making progress. The Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs and local resources are responding to a fire that began late last night, June 5th , on Camp Navajo, located west of Flagstaff. The fire is reported to be approximately 1,000 acres. The fire is being approached with a full suppression strategy. Details on the origin of the fire are still under investigation. The Northern Arizona Type 3 Incident Management Team is the incident command authority. Coordination with internal Arizona National Guard resources and local agencies is ongoing. Equipment and manning consist of approximately 150 fire fighters, 8 air tankers, an air attack air asset, lead plane, 4 helicopters, as well as multiple engines, 2 Hotshot crews and 2 Hand crews. Camp Navajo is closed to all non-essential persons and employees. Removal of nonessential military units and RV residents have continued out of abundance of caution. Currently, there are no immediate threats to assets, personnel or critical infrastructure. There are no anticipated closures. A heavy smoke impact will remain in the area during fire fighting. For evacuation information contact the Coconino County Sheriffs office or visit https://cocnino.az.gov

UPDATE 5 PM: update via Ponderosa Fire at 5 pm: Estimated 100-200 acres at Camp Navajo. There is a moderate rate of spread with fire in the timber and in the grass. Agencies on scene are Camp Navajo Fire Department, Ponderosa Fire Department, Kaibab NF, Coconino NF, and Bear Jaw Interagency Hand Crew. Dozers are actively cutting control lines around the fire.

UPDATE 4PM: From the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office: The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office is working closely with the United States Forest Service Kaibab and Coconino National Forest Fire units on a wildfire located within the Navajo Army Depot Base in Bellemont, AZ. At this time, zones 105 (A-1 Ranch), 106 (Bellemont North), 107 (Village Camp), 108 (Bellemont South) are being placed on a pre-evacuation SET Notice. Soggy Bottom Ranch and all residences off of Naval Observatory Road are also in SET Status. Sheriff’s Deputies and USFS Law Enforcement Officers are currently contacting campers and urging them to avoid the area. This is a good reminder to everyone in Coconino County that we are in fire season and to always be in a READY Status, as it is impossible to know when your neighborhood will be affected. Please visit Emergency Notification System | Coconino (az.gov) for more information about Coconino County’s Emergency Notification System and registration. The SET notice is for Zones #105, 106, 107, and 108.  Below is the link to the evac map:

UPDATE 3:30 PM: An air attack has commenced over the Bravo fire with additional VLAT air tankers ordered. Per Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, A-1 Ranch, Bellemont North and South, and Village camp are all in SET status for possible evacuation. Ready set go website: https://www.coconino.az.gov/1908/Ready—Set—Go Emergency Alerts: https://www.smart911.com/smart911/registration/registrationLanding.action?cdnExternalPath= 

UPDATE 2PM: From Ponderosa FD: Update-Bravo Fire. Estimated 100-200 acres at Camp Navajo. There is a moderate rate of spread with fire in the timber and in the grass. Agencies on scene are Camp Navajo Fire Department, Ponderosa Fire Department, Kaibab NF, Coconino NF, and Bear Jaw Interagency Hand Crew. Dozers are actively cutting control lines around the fire. Bravo incident command is estimating 50% containment.

UPDATE 12:12 PM: From Coconino National Forest: “The Bravo Fire west of town is about 100 acres and putting up a lot of smoke. Resources responding include one Hotshot crew, two hand crews and one engine. It was reported 11 a.m., was human caused, and is under investigation.”

UPDATE 12:02 PM: From Ponderosa FD: “Ponderosa Fire is responding to a mutual aid call from Camp Navajo for a wildland fire that is spreading at the south end of the base. Resources have been ordered including an aircraft. County Emergency Management has been notified. Ponderosa Fire will be responding with our Engine Boss and Fuels Crew in the Type 3 or 6 as well as a water tender.

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