Fire managers on the Coconino National Forest (NF) are utilizing the lightning-caused Camillo Fire located approximately 20 miles south of Flagstaff near Mormon Lake.
The Camillo Fire is fulfilling its natural and crucial role in forest health and fuels reduction. The forest needs frequent, low severity fire to restore wildlife habitat, promote healthy vegetation, reduce fuels and the risk of severe fire, and create safer conditions for residents, visitors, and firefighters.
The fire will increase in size, but not severity. Firefighters will conduct burnout operations to manage where and how the fires move through the landscape, maintaining a low to moderate overall severity. In these cases, fire growth is desirable.
Expect smoke to increase. It will be very noticeable yet still much lighter than that of an uncharacteristically severe fire. Fire managers will closely monitor smoke impacts.
The Camillo Fire is not a prescribed burn. Though the resource benefits will be similar, these are wildfires that will be used as nature intended. This means they do not have planned “end dates.”
Fire managers have carefully determined larger perimeters within which the fire may run its natural course. As long as conditions allow and objectives are being met, crews will continue actively managing the fire. Ultimately, fire will treat portions of, or all of, the land inside the planned 54,000 acre boundary.
Motorists should be cautious of fire traffic and smoke on Highway 260, State Route 87, and Lake Mary Road (Forest Highway 3). Smoke may reduce visibility and fire personnel will be working near the roads. No closures to these roads are anticipated, but delays are possible.
Camillo Fire summary:
- Behavior: Creeping, smoldering across the forest floor.
- Smoke: The majority will disperse to the northeast. It is not expected to impact Flagstaff, but will be visible from town. Smoke may be noticeable on Lake Mary Road (Forest Highway 3) and in Mormon Lake Village overnight.
- Closures: The immediate fire area will be closed. Visitors are urged to abide by on-the-ground closure signs, which will change as fire moves through the landscape. No forest roads or other areas are closed at this time. Delays on Kinnikinick Road are possible because of fire personnel and equipment in the area.
- Planned Management Area: 54,000 acres
- Today’s Management Actions: Conduct burnout operations along power lines to minimize impacts when the fire approaches.