Ignition operations are scheduled to begin today around 9:30 a.m. Today's burnout operations are planned to secure the northern boundary of the planned management area along FS 231.
Fire managers have planned an earlier start for operations to allow smoke to disperse in an effort to reduce smoke impacts to local communities. Fire managers expect up to 1,100 acres of fire coverage by the end of today.
Yesterday's burnout operations to secure the management boundaries to the west and southwest were successful.
As the smoke column from the Springs Fire on the Kaibab National Forest has moved north and east, smoke from that fire may have contributed to a greater smoke impact than anticipated for the Echo Fire.