Firefighters monitor and enhance containment lines for Sheridan Fire

September 1, 2019 - 11:09 am

Slightly lower temperatures and higher humidity slows fire growth allowing fire crews and heavy equipment operators to enhance and monitor containment lines.

Current Situation: Smoke will continue to dissipate as slightly lower temperatures and a return of higher humidity is expected to slow fire growth. Firing operations are suspended again today, allowing heavy equipment operators to improve contingency lines while fire crews continue to monitor interior burning on both the west and southwest areas of the fire. The overall objective of resource benefits to enhance more resilient vegetation and improved wildlife habitat continues. The fire, which was started from a lightning strike on August 5, continues to be allowed to fulfill its natural role.

There are no homes or structures threatened.

Closure: The area closure 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; however Walnut Creek Road remains 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:

Visible smoke may continue to dissipate today due

to slightly lower temperatures and an increase in humidity slowing the growth of the fire. Incident-specific smoke monitors are in place near Paulden to monitor area

impacts. In the unlikely event that smoke conditions increase today it is recommended that those more sensitive to smoke stay indoors with windows and doors closed, and bring pets inside.

Location: 23 miles Northwest of Prescott, AZ on the Chino Valley District (T16N, R6W, S16)

Size: 16,842 acres

Percent Contained: 0%

Cause: Lightning

Vegetation: Pinyon-Juniper, Grass and Brush

Resources: Approx. 202 personnel including: 6-Engines, 3-Water Tenders, 3-Crews, 2-Helicopters, 4-Masticators, 1- Dozer

Prescott Fire Information Phone: 928-925-1111

Prescott National Forest – Fire Closure Order & Map: https://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott

InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6522/

Prescott National Forest Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PrescottNF/

Prescott National Forest Twitter: https://twitter.com/PrescottNF

 

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