Fire Managers Combine Duck & Sitgreaves Fires

July 21, 2014 - 10:09 am

This morning, Kaibab National Forest (NF) fire managers combined the Duck and Sitgreaves fires into the Sitgreaves Complex.

A "complex" is generally formed when two or more fires are managed within one planning area. Variable winds, precipitation, and management tactics can change the amount of smoke produced each day.

While varying monsoonal precipitation and winds are likely to change fire behavior and growth over the next several days, general fire behavior is anticipated to be low to moderate intensity.

Williams Ranger District:

Currently 1,000 acres in size, the Sitgreaves Complex is located approximately 5 miles northwest of Parks, Ariz. Today crews may conduct aerial ignitions to continue backing fire down from the ridge tops with low to moderate intensity. Additional hand ignitions may also occur along FSR 76.

Crews are reporting good consumption of fuels throughout the burn area helping to prevent future catastrophic wildfires. Smoke is highly visible from I-40.

A community meeting for the greater Parks area has been scheduled for Wednesday, July 23, at 5:30 p.m. at the Maine School Gymnasium.

Tusayan Ranger District:

Currently 2000 acres in size, the McRae Fire is located approximately 5 miles southeast of Tusayan, Ariz. Today crews are planning more managed ignitions as needed within the planning area.

Smoke may become highly visible from Highway 64.

North Kaibab Ranger District:

Currently 70 acres in size, the Quaking Fire is located approximately 40 miles southeast of Fredonia, Ariz. Today crews are planning managed ignitions as needed along FSRs 271.

No smoke impacts are anticipated at this time.

For additional information, call Fire Information Line at 928-635-8311.