Posted: 5/24/2017 - 12:52 pm
A closure order is now in effect for the area of the lightning-caused Snake Ridge Fire, which fire personnel are managing above the Mogollon Rim.
The area, approximately nine miles north of Clints Well, Ariz. (north of West Clear Creek) and west of Lake Mary Road (FH 3), is closed to protect public safety.
This closure order affects certain areas and roads on the Mogollon Rim Ranger District in the Coconino National Forest and begins at the junction of Forest Road (FR) 214 and FR 81A. The boundary extends west and south on FR 81A to the FR 9398L where the boundary extends to the east to FR 755. On the 755 the closure area travels...
Posted: 5/23/2017 - 2:35 pm
Fire managers in the Color Country Interagency Fire Management Area (southwestern Utah and northwestern Arizona) are working closely together to prepare for what could be a busy and challenging fire season. “After all the precipitation we received this past winter and spring, the grass crop is very thick and poses a major fire hazard now that it has dried out” says Taiga Rohrer, Zion National Park Fire Management Officer. “We know it could be a long, trying fire season, so it’s important that we get the support of the public to help us reduce human-caused fires. “
Officials expect the conditions in Color Country to reach dangerous levels this summer, especially in the lower elevations...
Posted: 5/23/2017 - 12:58 pmFire personnel are managing a recent lightning-caused wildfire above Mogollon Rim, allowing it to fulfill its natural role and move across the landscape consuming dead and down wood, pine needles and forest fuels.The Snake Ridge Fire, currently 125 acres, was called in by Baker Butte Lookout on Friday (5/19) and is located in a remote area approximately nine miles northwest of Clints Well. This wildfire is not a prescribed burn, but fire personnel will occasionally conduct burnout operations in specific areas to keep the fire from moving beyond certain boundaries and help direct where and how the fire moves through the landscape.A Type 3...
Posted: 5/23/2017 - 9:25 am
The Pinal Fire is burning 6 miles south of Globe. The fire is approximately 2, 841 acres. The natural fire frequency of the landscape where this fire is burning is every 2 to 17 years. Wildfire has been excluded from this ecosystem and last burned in the area in 1952. This has resulted in a heavy build-up of dead needles and leaves, branches, and logs. The area needs the reintroduction of low-severity fire to improve forest health and wildlife habitat, and reduce the risk of high intensity wildfire.
Continued preparation and defense of structures and infrastructure along the indirect control lines. Utilize firing operations when and where necessary...
Posted: 5/22/2017 - 5:03 pm
Crews plan to begin working on two prescribed burns near Tusayan beginning Tuesday and will likely continue burning for several days providing weather conditions remain favorable for meeting forest health objectives and smoke dispersion.
Ignitions will occur tomorrow on 250 acres of slash piles on the Flying J prescribed fire project located just west of Grand Canyon airport. On Wednesday operations will shift to the Reed prescribed fire project where fire officials hope to treat approximately 600 acres using a broadcast burn. This unit is located about 6 miles east of Tusayan.
The removal of cured slash piles is critical for reducing hazardous fuels that can often threaten rural...