Current Situation: Yesterday fire crews succeeded in igniting vegetation along the western edge of the Sheridan Fire containment line, although the increased humidity in the afternoon caused the fire to not burn as actively as anticipated. The fire now exceeds 13,000 acres. Today fire crews will again work on firing along the western containment line.
There was a new lightning-caused fire start yesterday just to the east of the Sheridan Fire within the fire area. Firefighters are suppressing that fire rather than allowing it to assist the forest in restoration efforts as they are the Sheridan Fire. Each fire is a bit different and fire managers evaluate each new start to determine whether to immediately suppress it or allow it to burn naturally. The new start was not in an area where resources would benefit greatly from fire at this time.
Closure: A closure area remains in effect over the Sheridan Fire area for firefighter and public safety. The closure area includes Camp Wood Road and the entire fire area south of Walnut Creek Road, though Walnut Creek Road is now open. Visitors and residents near the closure area should be alert for fire vehicles and equipment. A map and detailed description of the closure area are available on Inciweb and on the Prescott National Forest website.
Smoke: Because of the planned burning today, smoke from the Sheridan Fire may be more noticeable, although the humidity will likely keep the fire from becoming very active. Smoke may visible over most of the Prescott and Tri-City area, particularly in the afternoon and early evening hours. Smoke impacts extend mainly to the north and northeast of the general fire area. Fire operations managers attempt to minimize smoke impacts when and where possible.
Location: 23 miles Northwest of Prescott, AZ on the Chino Valley District (T16N, R6W, S16)Start Date: August 5, 2019
Size: 13,489 acres
Percent Contained: 0%
Vegetation: Pinyon-Juniper, Grass, and Brush
Resources: Approx. 216 personnel including: 10-Engines, 4-Water Tenders, 1-Dozer, 3-Crews, 2-Helicopters
For additional fire information:
Prescott Fire Information Phone: 928-925-1111
Prescott National Forest – Fire Closure Order & Map: https://www.fs.usda.gov/