Posted: 10/17/2017 - 12:43 pm
The Alpine Ranger District on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests is planning to conduct prescribed fire operations Wednesday, October 18. The district plans to burn approximately 200 acres of the Nutri 2 Unit, one mile south of Nutrioso and three miles west of Alpine.
The project covers approximately 2000 acres of Wallow Fire high severity burn area. This 200 acres test area will be used to determine future planned ignitions in this area. If the test burn provides favorable results and meets predetermined objectives, ignitions will continue the week of October 23-27.
Prescribed burning enhances wildlife habitat and watershed conditions, while promoting forest health and...
Posted: 10/16/2017 - 4:22 pm
The Benchmark Fire was reported on Saturday afternoon, October 14, 2017, and is burning on Benchmark Mountain west of Forest Road 37. Smoke may be visible from I-17 and Black Canyon City. The fire is burning in a remote area of the forest with limited access, so it is being monitored from the air. The fire size has not changed in the last 24 hours, and growth to the south has stopped because the fire burned into the Bull Fire scar from earlier this summer.
- Approximately 9 miles east of Black Canyon City and 13 miles north of Cave Creek
- Nearest town is Black Canyon City, Arizona
Start Date: Saturday,...
Posted: 10/16/2017 - 2:25 pm
The fire managers on the Mogollon Rim Ranger District are canceling the prescribed burn planned for Oct. 16, The Sawmill Burn Project, because it does not meet the prescription required for burning and have decided to burn in the East Clear Creek Project this week.
These prescribed burns are conducted in order to help protect communities from severe wildfires by reducing forest fuel accumulation in strategic areas around northern Arizona communities, and also reintroduce fire into the Ponderosa pine ecosystem to help restore ecological integrity.
All of the listed projects may not be pursued, as all prescribed burns are dependent upon weather and wind conditions, which can differ...
Posted: 10/14/2017 - 4:22 pm
A 60-acre fire burning west of Ash Fork and east of Seligman is producing intense amounts of smoke at times and first responders are urging drivers in the area to use caution.
The Crookton Fire, which started last week, is burning through wood debris at an old sawmill site. Those woodchip fuels are creating heavy smoke and forcing delays and closures of nearby roadways.
A 12-mile stretch of Route 66 at milepost 156 has been the most heavily impacted. Smoke has also drifted across Interstate 40 near the Crookton exit. The smoke across Interstate 40 can be more visible during the early morning hours.
The Department of Forestry and Fire Management is working closely with Yavapai...
Posted: 10/13/2017 - 7:08 pm
The fire is in steep, rugged terrain in Leonard Canyon, 17 miles northwest of Forest Lakes, bordering the Coconino National Forest. Southwest winds produced strong gusty winds today but the fire lines held and there was no additional growth. Dozer lines and hand lines are complete around the perimeter of the fire, and crews continued to patrol and mop up the southern, eastern and northern flanks of the fire today.
On October 14, the 33 Springs Fire is planned to transition from a Type 3 fire to a Type 4 fire because it has become less complex and less of a threat. No changes are expected over the weekend, however, the fire will be constantly evaluated and monitored by fire personnel on the...