Operations on the Mormon Fire are ramping down and burnout operations have ceased, in response to public concerns about smoke impacts. The Mormon Fire is moving into monitor status with firefighters conducting mop-up and removing hazardous trees. Residual smoke will continue to be present as firefighters work to fully contain the fire.
The Jack Fire is currently being used to clean up forest fuels in the area east of Happy Jack and protect values such as vital powerlines that feed power throughout the state. Smoke will be visible as this fire is actively managed for multiple objectives.
Smoke was lighter in Munds Park and Sedona this morning. Air quality can be monitored at http://www.phoenixvis.net/PPMmain.aspx
. Smoke from the Bert (on the Kaibab National Forest), Jack and Mormon fires may affect air quality in communities in Northern Arizona.
Information and details about the wildfires, including their specific objectives, will be updated on Inciweb at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/unit/303/
. Quick updates will also be provided via the Coconino NF Twitter site at www.twitter.com/coconinonf
(@CoconinoNF), and the public can report smoke impacts online at http://tinyurl.com/cof-smokerpt
MORMON FIRE OVERVIEW
Start Date: May 15, 2016.
Location: Six miles east of Munds Park near Mormon Mountain.
Current Size: Approximately 7,892 acres.
Containment: 50 percent
Resources: 1-Type 3 Helicopter, 2-Type 1 crews (Plumas and Sacramento), 1-Type 2 crew (Coconino Fuels), 1-Type 3 engine, 3-Type 6 engines, 1-dozer, 1-water tender, and 35 other personnel. Total personnel is approximately 100.
Smoke: Residual smoke may settle in drainages and valleys at night, including Mormon Lake, Munds Park and Sedona. Winds at 10 – 15 mph out of the southwest will blow smoke to the northeast today. Smoke impacts along the Lake Mary Road and Mormon Lake recreation corridor will be possible.
Closures: The closure area for the Mormon Fire is between Mormon Lake and Munds Park, and includes Forest Roads 700 and 133A. It now extends all the way to the entire western edge of Munds Park. To view the Closure Order and map of the fire closure area, visit: http://tinyurl.com/hu7c99f
. Drivers in the area are strongly advised to use caution as fire fighters are on foot and several vehicles are operating in the burn area.
Recent & Current Operations: Crews will monitor the fire for hazardous conditions, cutting down hazard trees along travel routes, and continue to work toward full containment expected by June 8. Fire vehicle traffic is occurring on the 133A, 240 and 700 roads and in forests areas east of Munds Park over the next few days in the Casner Park, Horse Park, Little Horse Park, and Bert Lee Park areas. Fire managers expect very little growth and less smoke impacts today and over the next several days.
JACK FIRE OVERVIEW
Start Date: May 29, 2016
Location: About 14 miles north of Clints Well on the east side of Lake Mary Road, along Forest Roads 294 and 294C.
Current Size: Approximately 4,300 acres.
Resources: 3- 20-person Crews, engines, 1-Dozer, and various specialists, 135 total personnel.
Smoke: Smoke will be visible from Lake Mary Road as well as the communities of Clints Well, Happy Jack, Mormon Lake, Payson, Pine, Strawberry and into the Verde Valley. At night, light smoke from the fire is expected to settle into low areas and nearby canyons and may impact the communities of Clear Creek Pines, Starlight Pines, Pine Canyon Estates, Ponderosa Pines, Mogollon Ranches, Strawberry, Pine, Verde Valley and Winslow. Smoke may settle on to Forest Highway (FH) 3 and Mule Park at night. Telescope operations have been suspended at the Discovery Channel Telescope near Happy Jack in order to protect the telescope lens from minute scratching from smoke.
Closures: Closures are in effect. The closure is bounded by Coconino Highway 3 and Forest Roads (FR): FR 135, FR 9361E, FR 9361P and FR 93A.Coconino Highway 3, FR 135, FR 93 are open for public travel. The Happy Jack Segment of the Arizona National Scenic Trail is included in the closed area. The closure only applies to National Forest System lands and roads. Motorists in the area of the fire are asked to slow down, as firefighters and equipment will be working in the area. To view the Closure Order and map of the fire closure area, visit: http://tinyurl.com/cof-orders
Recent & Current Operations:
Yesterday’s fire behavior was active and is accomplishing landscape resource objectives, including fuel reduction, nutrient recycling and increased protection of local communities and the Western Area Power Administration powerline. West of the powerline, fire was established on the hill behind Mule Park to protect private inholdings. Crews will continue to prepare roads and the powerline today as well as burnout as conditions allow east of Mule Park. A large pocket of unburned vegetation located east of FR 294C burned yesterday and produced a large smoke column visible from as far away as Winslow, approximately 65 miles to the northwest and Camp Verde, approximately 40 miles to the southwest. These firing operations are to protect important sensitive wildlife, culture significant sights and other values which may be at risk such as the powerlines, surrounding communities and private property in the area. As the Pivot Rock Fire wanes, fire resources will be transferred to the Jack Fire as it increases in size. Ignitions today will produce smoke columns visible from Winslow to Flagstaff to the Verde Valley, along I-17, I-40, State Route 87 and Forest Highway 3. Operations are being conducted in conjunction with favorable weather conditions to limit smoke impacts on the public and firefighters.