Lakeside in Navajo County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
June 18th 2002 – July 7 2002
By the Grace of God, and through the courageous, heroic efforts of firefighters and support personnel, our community survived the most devastating wildfire in Arizona history.
In particular, the burnout operation, led by Rick Lupe, was performed by a team of 4 hotshot crews that worked 36 continuous hours to create a 14 mile long barrier that stopped the massive fire's advance toward Show Low, Pinetop-Lakeside, and Hon-Dah.
491 Structures Destroyed, including 465 Homes
2000 Homes saved from imminent destruction.
4 Type-1 Incident Management Teams
6600 Firefighters - 12 Air Tankers - 26 Helicopters
245 Fire Engines - 89 Bulldozers - 95 Water Trucks
Federal Funds $43,000,000
In addition, private citizens, municipalities, and commercial businesses
donated countless amounts of time, money, food and services.
The citizens of the White Mountains
Dedicated September 17th, 2005
Randy White – Sculptor White Mountain Apache Tribe Hunsaker Bros, Inc. Day & Sons Venture Electric Town of Pinetop-Lakeside City of Show Low Run to the Pines Christopher's Gardens It's Magic Landscape Pico's Nursery Pinetop Country Club Rod and Cathy Genck Dr. Jeff and Cindy Northup Dr. William C. and Deborah Tindale Pinetop Chamber of Commerce Tim and Debbie Hoye Robert and Cherry Horne Cellular One Charlie Clark's Steakhouse Steven and Heidi Shumway Reality Home Builders, Inc. Landamerica Transnation Mitchell Major M.D. Bison Homes Snow Creek Show Low Youth Foundation Torreon Horne Auto
[ Located next to the marker is a Firefighter Memorial dedicated to Richard Glenn Lupe who in June, 2003 lost his life due to severe injuries he received while working a control burn on Sawtooth Mountain. ]
May 18, 1960 – June 19, 2003
"Little do they know of our long labors on their behalf for the protection of their borders
and, I grudge it not." J.R.R. Tolkien
Erected 2005 by The citizens
Location. 34° 8.902′ N, 109° 58.319′ W. Marker is in Lakeside, Arizona, in Navajo County. Marker is at the intersection of White Mountain Boulevard (Arizona Route 260) and Woodland Road, on the right when traveling west on White Mountain Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lakeside AZ 85929, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lakeside (approx. one mile away); Showlow Valley Settlement (approx. 8 miles away); "show low and you win the ranch". (approx. 8 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Information and Photos of the Rodeo-Chedicki Fire. Valinda Jo Elliot was beginning to panic. The lush pine forests that first seemed so refreshing, now felt forbidding. The 31-year-old hiker had been lost for three days. She was tired, dehydrated and desperate when she heard the rotors of a helicopter. Setting a small signal fire seemed the only way out of what, for her, was a nightmare. Her decision, though, kindled terror for thousands. (Submitted on October 9, 2010.)
2. Obituary for Richard Glenn Lupe. (Submitted on October 9, 2010.)
Categories. • Disasters •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 9, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,650 times since then and 79 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 9, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.