July 11, 2019 - 2:43 pm
Wildland firefighters are working on containment of a mulch fire within Yavapai County’s Camp Verde Transfer Station.
Smoke from the Mulch Fire was reported by the Apache Maid lookout on the afternoon of July 10. First responders found a large pile of grass and vegetation clippings on fire, and the pile of green waste is expected to smolder for several weeks.
The smoke can be seen by motorists on Interstate 17 and may also impact state Route 260, especially overnight as it settles in lower elevations during cooler temperatures.
There are approximately 15 wildland firefighters assigned to the fire and they are using engines, water tenders, a dozer and an excavator to move the debris around so it can be extinguished. A sprinkler system is set up over the fire to reduce the risk of spot fires into other piles at the transfer station.
Motorists and residents in the area can expect the smoke to be present for two or more weeks.
Any future updates to this incident will be posted on Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/
incident/6428/. Quick updates of notable fire activity and smoke impacts will also be provided via Coconino National Forest’s social media sites, to include the Forest's Twitter and Facebook sites.
MULCH FIRE OVERVIEW
- Mulch Fire Inciweb Site:
- Discovery date: July 10, 2019 at approximately 12:34 p.m.
- Cause: Under investigation.
- Origin location: Approximately 3 miles east of Camp Verde (Latitude/Longitude: 34° 32.178N, 111° 48.282W)
- Current size: 1 acre.
- Current resources: Two engines, two water tenders, dozer, excavator and overhead personnel. Total personnel: approximately 15.
- Predicted smoke impacts: Expect smoke production over the next few weeks, with the most significant impacts along SR260 east of Camp Verde. The smoke may be seen by motorists traveling on Interstate17.
- Current closures: None.
- Recent and current operations: Wildland firefighting crews are using a sprinkler system to reduce spot fires into other waste piles. Firefighters are pulling the piles apart to allow water to extinguish the large pile of mulch.