Posted: 8/7/2014 - 9:43 am
This morning at 6:40 a.m., a semi-trailer exploded at milepost 43 on Highway 491, Naschitti, NM. This is north of the Naschitti Chapter House.
Hazardous Materials Team is on site. It is unknown at this time what the fuel type is.
Shelters are currently being set up at Tohatchi Chapter and Newcomb Chapter until further notice.
For your safety, stay upwind and away from the smoke. The more distance between you and the source of smoke, the better. Close and lock doors and windows of your home. Turn off the air conditioner, ventilation fans, furnace and other air intakes. Keep car windows and vents closed; use re-circulating air.
Be prepared to seek medical assistance if...
Posted: 8/7/2014 - 9:14 am
Kaibab National Forest fire managers expect significant growth on both the Sitgreaves and Hammer fires over the next few days until early next week when rainy conditions are again in the forecast. Crews will take advantage of these drier days to continue management ignitions to meet specific resource objectives.
Management ignitions are used for a variety of purposes such as to create a black barrier to keep a fire within a defined area, to burn out around private property or other highly valued resources to further protect them from the fire’s natural growth, and to establish a lower-intensity backing fire at the top of a ridge in areas that are at risk of undesirable high-intensity...
State Forester Rescinds Fire Restrictions On State-Owned Lands Outside Incorporated Municipalities in Mohave, La Paz, and Yuma CountiesPosted: 8/7/2014 - 8:09 am
Due to the continuation of the monsoonal weather pattern in Mohave, La Paz, and Yuma Counties and throughout most of Arizona, State Forester Scott Hunt announced today that the Arizona State Forestry Division rescinded fire restrictions on State-owned and State-managed lands in the three counties listed. All other counties have no fire restrictions at this time. This rescission is effective August 8, 2014 at 0800 hrs.
This rescission covers all unincorporated State-owned and State-managed lands, including all State Trust lands, all Game and Fish Wildlife Areas, all Arizona State Parks, and all Department of Transportation highway right-of-way property not owned by Federal land management...
Posted: 8/6/2014 - 10:42 am
Smoke from the Deer Head Fire will be visible today over the Rincon Mountains. The lightning caused blaze is being managed for natural resource benefits in the federally designated Wilderness area of the Rincon Mountain District of Saguaro National Park.
The fire was surveyed Tuesday with global positioning instruments and has grown to 939 acres. It continues to burn in Wilderness, where it is functioning in its natural role, helping reduce fuel loads and maintaining wildlife habitat. Firefighters on the mountain continued to direct the fire’s spread away from important resources in the area, such as the historic Manning Camp.
Today’s plans are for firefighters to use strategic...
Posted: 8/6/2014 - 10:26 am
The two resource-benefit fires southeast of Tusayan have treated a total of 6,711 acres since they were started by lightning last month, improving overall forest health and helping restore the historic fire regime in the ponderosa pine and pinyon-juniper ecosystems in which they are burning.
Yesterday, crews completed what were expected to be the final managed ignitions associated with the now 5,505-acre McRae Fire. Over the next few days, the fire will spread slowly within the predetermined boundaries established for it.
Fire managers plan to monitor the fire closely to ensure that all containment lines hold and to begin preparing the area for the eventual lifting of the closure...