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UPDATE: Bonito Rock Fire burns on Fort Apache Reservation near Whiteriver

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Updated: Apr. 23, 2021 at 2:35 PM MST
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WHITERIVER, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Crews are battling a new wildfire burning in central Arizona, 15 miles southeast of Whiteriver.

The Bonito Rock Fire is burning in a remote and rugged area of the Fort Apache Reservation, according to a news release from White Mountain Zone Team. As of 4 p.m. Sunday, April 25, 2021, the Bonito Rock Fire has burned 1,800 acres with no containment since it sparked Monday, April 19.

Right now, 184 firefighters are battling the blaze with three Type 6 engines, one Type 4 engine, two Dozers, two interagency hotshot crews, three initial attack crews, one Type 2 Crew, five water tenders, two Type 1 helicopter, one Type 3 helicopter, and other miscellaneous incident management overhead, according to the release.

The junction of Y70/Y40, R55/R32, and R55/Y20 roads are closed due to fire activity.

Gusty southwest winds up to 25 mph are expected today with some periods of near to critical fire weather conditions in the afternoon and a high of 69 degrees.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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