Posted: 5/25/2016 - 10:38 am
Fire managers with the Coconino National Forest (NF) are utilizing three lightning-caused fires to benefit the landscape and maintain a healthy ecosystem by allowing natural fire to fulfill its natural role in the environment.
Three fires are being managed on the Coconino NF--the Mormon, Cowboy and Pivot Rock fires. All three fires are growing in size; the Cowboy Fire is the largest at approximately 1,820 acres, the Pivot Rock Fire is 800 acres, and the Mormon Fire is 425 acres.
Posted: 5/24/2016 - 8:44 pm
Effective immediately, North Zone fire managers have postponed this week’s plans to conduct both the Bridge Unit and Moquitch 4 prescribed fires due to predicted high winds on the Kaibab Plateau.
High wind activity could potentially cause implementation efforts to exceed acceptable parameters for the hazardous fuels reduction prescription. Therefore, fire managers will commence plans to test burn on both units once predicted weather, wind speed, and air quality conditions align favorably with prescription constraints.
Current future information on current Kaibab National Forest both upcoming prescribed burn notifications and wildfires will be provided through the following methods...
Posted: 5/24/2016 - 5:14 pm
The Coconino National Forest has issued an emergency closure on all National Forest System lands within the area of the Pivot Rock Fire on the Coconino National Forest, in Coconino County near the intersections of Arizona Highways 260 and 87 through June 24, 2016.
This area closure is implemented as a standard fire operations procedure which helps to protect the public from entering into an area that is still active with fire, so as not to impede the efficiency of firefighters and allow for their safety while they do their job. The public is prohibited from entering any trails, roads, or areas within the fire closure area, which will be in force until further notification.
Posted: 5/24/2016 - 12:33 pm
The Paddy Creek Fire continues backing into Paddy Creek Drainage. The south end of the fire is in steep, rugged terrain. Firefighters continue to construct line across the bottom of the fire to hold and contain the fire, and the helicopter will conduct bucket drops.
White Mountain Zone Type 3 Incident Mangement Team has assumed command of the fire. The Incident Command Post will be located at the Maverick Elk Camp facilities.
Smoke may be visible from surrounding communities.
Visitors are urge to use caution while driving in the area.
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Posted: 5/24/2016 - 11:55 am
Motorists traveling on Interstate 17 and State Route 87 in northern Arizona are likely to see smoke over the next week from three fires burning on Coconino National Forest.
The Cowboy, Mormon and Pivot Rock fires are relatively small in size, and the U.S. Forest Service is allowing them to burn. Smoke could be visible through the weekend from all three fires.
The Cowboy Fire is just east of I-17 at the Kelly Canyon Road interchange north of Munds Park. There could be heavy smoke along I-17 between the Newman Park Road and Kelly Canyon Road interchanges on Tuesday as Forest Service crews manage the fire along the...