Reduced winds and increased precipitation have improved firefighting conditions for those combating the Gate 13 Fire at Camp Navajo today.
This comes after a series of effective controlled burns yesterday that laid the ground work for successful containment of the burn area.
Another controlled burn is scheduled for today in the northwestern area of the fire pending weather conditions. This burn is designed to mitigate future fires if weather conditions remain dry this winter.
To date, the Gate 13 Fire has consumed 1,290 acres. Aviation resources were placed on standby and air space is open.
All crews are scheduled to be off the fire by around 8 p.m. with fire watch personnel available for late evening back burn.
Smoke is expected to settle in low areas, however, ADOT signs remain along I-40. No injuries or damage to equipment have been reported.
The Department of Forestry and Fire Management joined the Camp Navajo Incident Command team, as well as 74 wildland crewmembers, located at the Camp Navajo Fire Department yesterday.
The decision to bring in DFFM assets came yesterday when high winds carried over the edge of Volunteer Canyon toward a thick forested area full of trees downed by tornadoes and piles of tree trimming created during road clearing efforts.
The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality continues to monitor air quality from Ponderosa Fire Station in Bellemont and in Kachina Village, 6 miles south of Flagstaff near I-17.
This fire poses no risk to facilities or current operations of the installation. This fire is well contained within the boundaries of the Camp Navajo installation. The fire is burning slowly in Volunteer Canyon and more rapidly in the open grasslands.
The Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs, which includes Camp Navajo, is in close coordination with Coconino and Kaibab National Forests, Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, other local fire district partners and Coconino County.
The fire is burning in an area that is unsafe for firefighters to actively conduct fire suppression operations; therefore, a containment strategy was chosen. Due to the inability to actively suppress this fire in its current location, we anticipate smoke in the region for an extended period.
Fire details: Location: Camp Navajo
Start date: February 6, 2017
Size: Approximately 1290 acres
Cause: Demolition operations
Resources Assigned: 16 DEMA personnel, 74 wildland crewmembers
. 3 Graders
. 2 Dozers
. 3 Water tenders
. 2 Type 6 engines
. 2 Black Hawk Helicopters with Bambi Buckets
Vegetation: Ponderosa pine, spruce, juniper and grasslands