OCTOBER IS FIRE PREVENTION MONTH
In the American West wildfires are a threat to millions of acres of forest lands and hundreds of thousands of homes, businesses and other structures.
During 2002, the area between Heber-Overgaard and Show Low experienced a 468,000+ acre wildfire. At the time it was the largest wildfire in Arizona history. This was the only time Show Low was ordered to evacuate because of a wildfire.
Rick Lupe and the Apache Hot Shots were credited with stopping the fire from destroying Show Low and Pinetop/Lakeside. Rick was also a part of the Larry Humphreys Type 1 Incident Management Team.
Rick passed away a few months later after suffering severe burns received during the Sawtooth Mountain Fire.
Since the Rodeo-Chediski fire, in 2011 the Wallow Fire (which bordered Arizona and New Mexico) became the States largest fire exceeding 500,000+ acres.
To Return to the Rodeo Chediski Fire Room click here