The Jack Fire is currently being used to protect values such as vital power lines that feed power throughout the state, while at the same time helping to clean up forest fuels. Smoke will be visible as this fire is actively managed for multiple objectives.
Operations on the Mormon Fire continues to ramp down. The Mormon Fire has moved to monitor status with firefighters conducting mop-up, rehabilitation of dozer lines and removing hazardous trees. Residual smoke from smoldering forest vegetation will continue to be present as firefighters work to fully contain the fire.
The current weather system has winds from the southwest, driving smoke northeast. Smoke was light in Munds Park and Sedona this morning and will increase in Winslow, Holbrook and Joseph City. Air quality can be monitored at http://www.phoenixvis.net/PPMmain.aspx. Smoke from the Bert, Jack and Mormon fires may affect air quality in communities in Northern Arizona.
The public can report smoke impacts online at http://tinyurl.com/cof-smokerpt.
Jack Fire summary
- Start Date: May 29
- Cause: Lightning.
- 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 7,287 acres.
- Resources: 3-Type 1 Crews, 7-engines, 1-Dozer, and various specialists, totaling 148 personnel.
- Smoke: Smoke will be visible from Lake Mary Road as well as the communities of Clints Well, Happy Jack, Payson, Pine, Strawberry, the Verde Valley, and Winslow. All night, moderate smoke from the fire is expected to settle into low areas and nearby canyons and may impact communities of Happy Jack, Clear Creek Pines, Starlight Pines, Pine Canyon Estates, Ponderosa Pines, Mogollon Ranches, Strawberry, Pine, Verde Valley and Winslow. Smoke will settle along 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 and expected to expand by the end of the operational day. Currently 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, and FR 93 are open, although public travel is discouraged given the presence of fire traffic. 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 encouraged to slow down, as firefighters and equipment will be working in the area.
- Recent & Current Operations: Fire behavior remains active. Objectives, including protection of natural and cultural resources, protection of public and Forest values, protection of private inholdings, fuel reduction, nutrient recycling and increased protection of local communities and the Western Area Power Administration powerline, continue to be successful. Crews will continuously evaluate fire effects, prepare roads, patrol control features, and protect range allotments and the powerline today. Crews can aid fire progression in areas in order to meet objectives of protecting values. Due to changes in weather and predicted fire behavior, operations will be minimal during the day and increase in the afternoon and evening. Operations are being conducted in conjunction with favorable weather conditions to limit smoke impacts on the public and firefighters. Expect to see smoke from as far away as Winslow – approximately 65 miles to the northwest—and Camp Verde, approximately 40 miles to the southwest, Flagstaff, along I-17, I-40, State Route 87 and Forest Highway 3.
Mormon Fire summary
- Start Date: May 15
- Cause: Lightning.
- Location: Six miles east of Munds Park near Mormon Mountain.
- Current Size: Approximately 7,892 acres.
- Containment: 75%
- Resources: 3 engines, 1 ten person crew, 3 patrol units.
- Smoke: Smoke may settle in drainages and valleys at night, including Mormon Lake, Munds Park and Sedona. Winds at 10 – 20 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 forest 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.