Posted: 5/27/2014 - 11:24 am
On Friday, May 23, four fire starts were reported on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park. The North Rim of the park is currently at High Fire danger and the South Rim is at Very High Fire Danger. A storm produced rain and hail on the North Rim moderating fire behavior.
As of today, two fires are controlled: Jim Fire at 1/3 acre and the Dragon Fire at unknown acres.
One fire is in monitor status: Galahad Fire at 2 acres.
One fire is in a single stand tree.
Posted: 5/27/2014 - 11:15 am
Heavy smoke from the Slide Fire is causing air quality issues for residents in the Sedona area, according to Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ).
ADEQ air monitors indicate that air quality in Sedona and immediately surrounding areas has ranged between "unhealthy for selective groups" and "very unhealthy." Conditions may cause respiratory issues for some area residents.
Anyone who can see, taste or smell smoke should curtail outdoor activity, according to the Coconino County Public Health Services District. Additionally, those with heart disease, lung disease or asthma should avoid the outdoors entirely, as should children and the elderly. People with pre-existing...
Posted: 5/27/2014 - 8:06 am
The Slide Fire is located in Oak Creek Canyon just north of Slide Rock State Park and burning northward, predominantly on the west side of the canyon. The fire is estimated at 35 percent containment and is approximately 20,328 acres.
During Memorial Day crews burned out along the Woody Mountain Road, completing the final perimeter burnout around the fire. Over the course of the fire, fire personnel constructed approximately 40 miles of line to form a containment perimeter around the fire. Work was also completed in the removal of hazard trees along Highway 89A. These trees were damaged by the fire and deemed a safety risk to travelers.
On Tuesday crews will work on holding the...
Posted: 5/26/2014 - 8:40 pm
The Slide Fire is located in Oak Creek Canyon just north of Slide Rock State Park and burning northward, predominantly on the west side of the canyon. The fire is estimated at 35 percent contained and is approximately 18,500 acres.
Fire personnel continued to work on rehabilitating fire line from Slide Rock State Park north to the 89A switchbacks and west along the north and northwest flanks Crews used hand ignition to promote a low intensity burn due to the higher temperatures and lower humidity. Arizona Public Service personnel removed hazard trees throughout Oak Creek Canyon.
Burnout operations will continue...
Posted: 5/26/2014 - 8:21 pm
The Skunk Fire is 77% contained and has consumed 43,137 acres including fire growth and back burns.
Light rain contributed to some progress but not much has changed in fire activity. The fire continues in a north westerly direction along Nantac Rim towards Kidde Canyon through steep terrain and rocky outcrops. Fuel types are grass, juniper and pinion pine.
Fire is still emitting smoke from the interior with some single tree torching. Evening and early morning inversions are causing light smoke to linger in the valleys and drainages.
Yesterday’s Division Alpha/Zulu patrolled and secured rd 1581 and 1583. Division Charlie/Foxtrot completed prepping the road from 1500 to...