The Sheridan Fire experienced little growth yesterday as temperatures have moderated somewhat and humidity has increased as fire in this vegetation type is very sensitive to fluctuations in temperature and humidity. Fire crews will be burning along the western side of the fire to reduce fuels in that area. Fire mangers are pleased with the fire effects they are seeing on the ground.
Crews continue to work on securing and improving control lines and scouting for additional containment opportunities. Roads, trails, and natural barriers are being used as control features. Masticators will continue to work in select areas to clear vegetation to enhance the effectiveness of control features. Firefighters are continuing to use a helicopter and agency operated drones to monitor fire activity as access to the immediate fire area is limited, mostly due to lack of road access and the rough and rugged terrain.
A closure order remains in effect over the Sheridan Fire area for firefighter and public safety. A map and detailed description of the closure are available on Inciweb and on the Prescott National Forest website. Visitors and residents outside the closure area should be alert for fire vehicles and equipment.
Smoke from the Sheridan was relatively slight yesterday. Smoke may continue to be visible from Prescott and the Tri-City area during the afternoons and into the evening hours but should not be particularly heavy. Smoke impacts extend mainly to the north of the general fire area. Fire operations managers attempt to minimize smoke impacts when and where possible.
A smoke monitor has been installed in Paulden and it is showing air quality to have remained in the “good” range throughout the day yesterday. We will continue to monitor smoke and will post advisories if an unhealthy range is expected or detected.
For more fire information, see:
Prescott Fire Information Phone: 928-925-1111
Prescott National Forest – Fire Closure Order & Map: https://www.fs.usda.gov/
Sheridan Fire Overview
Location: 23 miles Northwest of Prescott, AZ on the Chino Valley District (T16N, R6W, S16)
Start Date: August 5, 2019
Size: 9826 acres
Percent Contained: 0%
Vegetation: Pinyon-Juniper, Grass, and Brush
Resources: Approx. 237 personnel including: 10-Engines, 4-Water Tenders, 1-Dozer, 3-Crews, 2-Helicopters