Posted: 6/5/2014 - 1:15 pm
The Slide Fire closure area, originally implemented May 25, has shrunk to include only those areas which currently pose danger to the public.
The area closure is part of standard operations procedure, which helps to protect the public from entering into an area that poses a threat due to ongoing wildfire activity and/or rehabilitation efforts.
The closure only affects Forest Service land and roads within the closure area on the Coconino National Forest and does not include any private, state, county, or other non-Forest Service system lands within the closure boundary.
A map showing the new boundary and official closure order is available online at...
Posted: 6/3/2014 - 10:15 am
The Slide Fire started on May 20th, burning in the steep Oak Creek Canyon area on the Coronado National Forest. 21,227 acres have burned. The fire is 92% contained with 145 personnel working the fire.
Yesterday: Within the controlled fire perimeter, areas of unburned fuel produced a small flare up in the afternoon in the Howard Pocket area. The flair up was far within the interior of fire containment lines. No new fire spread is expected outside the existing fire perimeter.
Today: Crews will continue to monitor the area throughout the day and additional helicopter work may be necessary. Other internal areas of unburned fuel may continue to smolder, producing light smoke. Crews...
Posted: 6/2/2014 - 5:00 pm
The Slide Fire has created smoke in surrounding communities. The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality is providing a daily air quality report.
Similar day to day weather pattern is expected through this week with breezy southwesterly winds for the afternoons followed by typical downslope winds developing during the overnight and early morning hours.
The Slide Fire is now 90% contained and fire activity is ramping down with only minor smoke production and impacts anticipated. Much improved air quality is being observed for both the Flagstaff area and Verde Valley compared to days prior. This trend is expected to continue.
As a result, this will be the final Air...
Posted: 6/2/2014 - 3:00 pm
The Skunk Fire has consumed 52,480 acres including fire growth and back burns. It is still at 77% containment. Fire progression to the east, south and north have been checked by roads or natural barriers and proposed control lines to the west have been prepped and improved.
The main body of the fire has passed Kidde Canyon and is continuing to progress to the west between the 1500 and 1501 roads.
The fire is burning with moderate intensity in the afternoon in a mixture of grass, oak brush, juniper and pinion pine and creeping and smoldering at night.
Light to moderate smoke from the interior is still being observed and evening and morning inversions are causing smoke to...
Posted: 6/2/2014 - 12:30 pm
The Kaibab National Forest is taking additional steps to reduce the risk of preventable human-caused fires. As of Friday (June 6) at 8 a.m. the North Kaibab Ranger District will enter campfire and smoking restrictions, and the Williams Ranger District will close the Bill Williams Mountain Watershed to public entry
Under the North Kaibab Ranger District’s campfire and smoking restrictions, which are also known as Stage 1 fire restrictions, fires, campfires, charcoal, coal and wood stoves will be allowed in developed campgrounds only. The restrictions will also limit smoking to within enclosed vehicles or buildings or in developed campgrounds.
On the Williams Ranger District, which...