Posted: 8/18/2018 - 1:07 pm
Fire managers are reporting that the Obi Fire has now consumed nearly all of the fuels located in the containment area on the Walhalla Plateau. Fire behavior was observed as creeping with continued smoke production. The final acreage reported for the fire is 11,532. There have been no injuries to firefighters or public reported at this time which achieves our first and highest goal in wildfire management.
Resources currently assigned to the Obi Fire are being dispatched to higher priority incidents throughout the region as Obi Fire operations deescalate. Further downsizing of personnel is expected over the next few days. Remaining crews will patrol the Walhalla Plateau, assessing and...
Posted: 8/17/2018 - 3:25 pm
Recommended: Check immunization status immediately and be aware of symptoms
An out-of-state visitor with measles traveled to Northern Arizona. They were potentially contagious from August 6–8, 2018. There are currently no cases of measles in Arizona. However, this visitor may have exposed the public at the following locations during the listed times. As public health continues the investigation, these locations could be expanded.
Monday, August 6, 2018:
- Slide Rock State Park, 6871 N. AZ-89A, Sedona, AZ 86336, from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- Enchantment Resort, 525 Boynton Canyon Road, Sedona, AZ 86336, from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Posted: 8/17/2018 - 3:17 pm
Fire managers on the Coconino National Forest observed new activity in the Platypus Fire Friday after thunderstorms earlier in the week bypassed Secret Mountain.
The monsoon has been active in northern Arizona, but the spotty rains missed the Platypus Fire and soaked the Rhino Fire as the cells moved through the area.
Few ground suppression efforts can be successful in this area and aerial firefighting resources are being prioritized and assigned to fires throughout the nation with an immediate need to protect life and property. This fire is burning in extremely hazardous and rugged terrain in the Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness north of Sedona. The other two fires in the area,...
Posted: 8/17/2018 - 10:42 am
The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) is issuing a High Pollution Advisory (HPA) for ozone in Maricopa County, effective Aug. 19, 2018. This HPA is due to levels expected to exceed the federal health standard for ozone.
People most affected by ozone include children, senior citizens, people who work or exercise outdoors and people with pre-existing respiratory disease. Ozone can irritate the respiratory system, aggravate asthma and reduce the immune system’s ability to fight off respiratory infections. Ozone-related health problems include shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, headaches, nausea, plus throat and lung irritation.
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Posted: 8/16/2018 - 3:22 pm
Firefighters plan to resume burnout operations related to the Bears Fire beginning on Sunday, August 19. Burning temporarily was suspended Aug. 9 due to rainfall from monsoons.
If proper conditions continue, firefighters will burn an additional 1,800 acres of Ponderosa Pine and brush in the Mistake Peak and Picture fire scars and conclude burnout operations on Friday, August 24. To date, burnout operations have removed understory fuels from approximately 6,500 acres of pine.
Burnout operations began August 1 as part of the Forest Service’s containment strategy to:
- Ensure 100 percent containment of the Bears Fire
- Reduce threats to firefighter and public safety as...