Fire managers on the Coconino National Forest are utilizing a lightning-caused wildfire, located approximately 10 miles northwest of Sedona, near Turkey Butte, to achieve multiple objectives.
The Echo Fire is burning at a low intensity, consuming dead forest branches, logs, leaves and pine needles. The fire is producing minimal smoke. However, it may become more active throughout the next week and grow in size, as it will be managed by the Forest Service to allow the fire to fulfill its natural role in the ecosystem.
Fire managers may conduct burnout operations during the week of July 27 if weather conditions are suitable. The fire may produce some noticeable smoke to surrounding communities such as Oak Creek, Sedona and Flagstaff.
Smoke from the wildfire is expected to travel in a northeast direction during the day and could impact areas such as east Flagstaff and Doney Park. During the evening hours, smoke draining off from the fire could impact areas such as Oak Creek and Sedona.
Echo Fire summary:
- Start date: July 17 at approx. 2:07 p.m.
- Location: 10 miles NW of Sedona, near Turkey Butte
- Cause: Lightning
- Size: 220 acres
- Fuel type(s): Dead forest branches, logs, leaves, pine needles and forest litter