Posted: 4/24/2017 - 11:33 am
The National Weather Service has issued a RED FLAG WARNING for today for northern Arizona including portions of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests due to strong winds and low relative humidity. This Red Flag Warning is in effect today from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. MST.
On a RED FLAG DAY, the following restrictions go into effect during the advisory hours:
1. Building, maintaining, or attending a fire or campfire. *Propane heating and cooking devices are permissible.
2. Smoking outside a vehicle or a building.
3. Vehicle use off roads or trails.
4. Driving a vehicle without an approved...
Posted: 4/24/2017 - 9:38 am
The Sawmill Fire, which started April 23, is currently under unified command with the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management and the US Forest Service. The Southeast Zone Type 3 Incident Management Team will assume command of the fire at 0700 tomorrow, Tuesday the 25th. Aerial and ground resources will continue to establish a secure fire perimeter and work to actively suppress the fire.
The fire’s behavior is being influenced by gusty conditions and very low relative humidity.
- Start Date: April 23, 2017 at 11 a.m.
- Location: 10 miles southeast of Green...
Posted: 4/23/2017 - 2:22 pm
The Sawmill Fire started April 23 at approximately 1100 on AZ Department of Forestry and Fire (DFFM) land. The fire is currently estimated at 1,500 acres. DFFM ground resources as well as federal aircraft resources are actively suppressing fire. There is currently one evacuation and place and one on standby.
Posted: 4/23/2017 - 2:17 pm
A red flag warning is in effect from noon today through 7 p.m. this evening due to strong winds and low relative humidity on the Kaibab National Forest.
Spring can be a fickle time of year for the Kaibab National Forest. Some roads are still impassable due to snow and mud, while others are wide open. Dormant foliage is either beginning to green up or dry out, and high winds are working overtime to create new potential pockets of tinder for the upcoming wildfire season.
“We just want our forest visitors to be aware of how quickly spring conditions can change on the Kaibab Plateau and use caution when camping or working on the forest,” said North Zone Fire Management Officer Ed Hiatt...
Posted: 4/22/2017 - 2:43 pm
Summer is just around the corner and more people are heading outdoors to enjoy the season. The Prescott National Forest would like to remind visitors and residents in communities adjacent to the forest to be extra cautious while engaging in activities that have the potential for starting a wildfire. Weather conditions have been changing in the past couple of weeks with consistently higher temperatures; periods of wind; and decreased humidity levels, resulting in drier vegetation that is more prone to the spread of wildfire. This past winter’s precipitation has contributed to increased grass growth (fuel). The abundant grasses, on top of grass growth in place from last summer’s monsoon rains,...