As of 9 PM Friday night, the Bumble Bee Fire was at 3000 acres.
- The wildfire is not threatening to residents and no evacuation will be necessary. However, Bumble Bee Road is still closed.
- The fire is estimated to be 3000 acres
- The fire is about 20% contained
- The CWZ Type 3 IMT has taken command, about 100 personnel are fighting this fire and there is strong air support
The Bumble Bee Fire is at 3000 acres
The Bumble Bee Fire is rare in that it is easy to view from Sunset Point and watch the firefighting operations take place. There isn’t a whole lot to see, however, except for a great deal of smoke, some occasional glimpses of flames and a lot of helicopter and aircraft activity.
Bumble Bee Ranch Road is closed to the public at this time. There is no impact to 1-17.
It is located to the west of Sunset Point, about ½ mile west of Bumble Bee Ranch, Arizona on the other side of the road. It is 6 miles east of Cleator and Bradshaw Mountain Ranch Estates.
According to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, "The wildfire in the area of Cleator and Bumblebee is not threatening to residents and no evacuation will be necessary. Continue to stay aware of the latest news and information from local media, your local fire department and public safety officials. Thank you.”
The fire started Friday, August 7th, at approximately 8:30 AM. By 11 AM on Friday, the Southwest Coordination Center (SWCC) had reported it to be approximately 500 acres in size.
Two hours later, it had grown to 1000 acres, and additional resources were ordered in.
At this point, 100 personnel are involved in fighting the fire, and the Central West Zone Type 3 Incident Management Team (IMT) has taken command of the fire as of 9 PM Friday. Both ground and air resources are being used.
The Bumble Bee Fire has very active fire behavior, it is moving fast and being pushed by winds, according to Inciweb. The fuels involved are high desert grass and brush.
The fire is reported to be 20% contained.