A Type 3 Incident Management Team (IMT) has assumed management responsibilities of the Maroon Fire, which is currently 100 acres and had slight growth on Sunday due to gusty winds.
The fire is burning in a cinder basin east of Flagstaff, which is an area that experiences unique weather patterns. This geographic area historically has warmer and drier conditions due to the surrounding topography, which generally shelters it from most rain showers. The cinder basin's unique volcanic soils and vegetation allows water to drain easily and dry out quickly. Due to its unique conditions, the Maroon Fire has continued to grow slowly in spite of the recent rainy weather experienced in Flagstaff.
Firefighter and public safety remains the number one priority of the IMT. The fire planning area is located east of the Cinder Hills OHV Area, and smoke will be visible to those recreating in the area. The public is cautioned to reduce their vehicle speeds when traveling near the fire area, for their safety and for the safety of fire personnel working in the area.
Information on the Maroon Fire and other incidents across the nation can be found online at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. 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 Twitterand Facebook sites.
MAROON FIRE OVERVIEW
- Discovery Date: May 16, 2019 at approximately 3:45 p.m.
- Location: Approximately 16 miles northeast of Flagstaff, near Leupp Road, Forest Roads 244 and 244A. (Latitude/Longitude: 35.3088, -111.4076)
- Current Size: 100 acres in a 14,700 acre planning area.
- Current Resources: Six engines, four crews, one bulldozer. Approximately 111 fire personnel.
- Predicted Smoke Impacts: Light smoke is predicted to move northeast and may impact homes near Moon Crater, east of Maroon Crater, areas of the Hopi Reservation, and motorists along Leupp Road. Smoke may appear thicker at times due to burnout operations or as the wildfire consumes larger trees. This is normal.
- Recent and Current Operations: Wildland firefighting crews worked to improve and secure planned control lines and monitored the fire perimeter for any spotting. Firefighters also completed a small successful burnout operation to strengthen contingency lines near Forest Road 244A.