Posted: 7/28/2016 - 11:59 am
The lightning-caused Coco Fire on the Tusayan Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest has grown to 731 acres in size achieving resource objectives by reducing hazardous fuel accumulations and restoring overall forest health.
Fire crews worked late the previous shift completing management ignitions along Forest Road 2719 in order to keep the fire within planning area boundaries and protect fire sensitive archaeological sites. Smoke from the management ignitions was transported west along Coconino Wash into the town of Tusayan resulting in moderate impacts in the early morning but will disperse throughout the day.
Posted: 7/28/2016 - 10:29 am
The Elk Fire is burning southwest of Turkey Mountain on the Lakeside Ranger District and smoke may be visible from the communities of Pinetop-Lakeside and Show Low, as well as State Highway 260 and U.S. Highway 60.
Fire managers are managing this fire for potential benefit to the landscape. The district has received lightning across the district with varying amounts of precipitation over the last few days.
Each fire is carefully considered with an extensive process that includes consideration of potential short- and long-term smoke impacts to communities. The intent is to re-introduce fire back into the adapted environment, enhance overall forest health, reduce hazardous fuel loads...
Posted: 7/28/2016 - 10:27 am
The Baldwin Fire is not a threat to the communities of Heber and Overgaard. Crews are blacklining around the perimeter of the fire as weather permits. Due to this activity, increased smoke may be visible from the community at times, and smoke may drift into Heber, Overgaard, Forest Lakes, Highway 260 and surrounding areas throughout the weekend. Fire is burning in the Rodeo/Chediski burn area. Black line operations were completed yesterday and fire managers are monitoring the fire to use it for potential benefit to the landscape.
Each fire is carefully considered with an extensive process that includes consideration of potential short-...
Posted: 7/28/2016 - 8:07 am
The Fuller Fire saw an increase in activity in the interior portions of the fire. Several islands of previously unburned mixed-conifers quickly burned Wednesday afternoon putting a small amount of smoke into the air. As the forecast for the next several days shows an increase in temperatures and a decrease in relative humidity, Fire Managers expect to see more fire activity along the western edge of the Fuller Fire perimeter. In anticipation of the potential for fire spread to the west, crews have been...
Posted: 7/27/2016 - 4:55 pm
The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) is extending the ozone High Pollution Advisory (HPA) in effect today for Maricopa County through tomorrow, Thursday, July 28, 2016. This extended HPA is due to ozone levels expected to accumulate enough to exceed the new, lower federal health standard for ozone.
While this new, more stringent federal health standard for ozone triggers more frequent Health Watches and HPAs, the fact is that over the past two decades, Arizona has achieved significant improvements in our overall air quality and more specifically, lower ozone levels....