Weather conditions allowed for successful aerial ignitions on the Newman Fire yesterday, and burnout operations secured control lines along the south/southwest shoreline of Lake Mary.
Fire managers will continue to monitor fire behavior and weather conditions today. Proactive burnout operations will continue if conditions remain favorable to secure the perimeter and increase the strength of control lines. Crews will be actively patrolling the fire’s edge to ensure all fire remains within the predetermined planning area.
Heavy smoke impacts are still anticipated through the weekend. Smoke settled on Lake Mary Road last night, impairing visibility along the driving corridor. Similar conditions can be expected this evening.
Smoke will be visible from the communities of Elk Park Meadows, Lake Mary Meadows, Flagstaff, Kachina, Mountainaire, Munds Park and major transportation corridors nearby.
The public should use extreme caution when recreating or driving along Lake Mary corridor and any roads adjacent to the fire area. A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place over the fire area. If any public manned or unmanned aircraft are identified within the TFR, air operations will be suspended, which poses significant risk to fire personnel and interferes with the safety of operations.
Updates about the Newman Fire, acreage, and latest activity can be found daily on Inciweb
NEWMAN FIRE OVERVIEW
- Discovery date: July 11, 2019.
- Cause: Lightning.
- Origin location: Approximately 15 miles southeast of Flagstaff (Latitude/Longitude: 35° 1.342N, 111° 31.502W).
- Current size: 1,937 acres.
- Current resources: Four crews, six engines, two patrol units, a dozer, and miscellaneous overhead personnel. Total personnel: approximately 122.
- Predicted smoke impacts: Significant smoke will impact the Lake Mary Corridor.
- Current closures: Temporary closure of the Newman Fire area, Forest Order 03-04-19-14F. The Narrows day-use area and Lakeview Campground have also been closed temporarily due to expected heavy smoke impacts.