Fire managers with the Coconino National Forest are utilizing a recent lightning-caused fire to benefit the landscape and maintain a healthy ecosystem by allowing fire to fulfill its natural role in the environment. The forest thrives on fires such as these that are low severity and creep across the forest floor. They reduce fuels and the risk of severe wildfire, create safer conditions for residents, the public and firefighters, and also restore wildlife habitat by stimulating understory vegetation growth.
The Pivot Rock fire is located approximately 3.25 miles northeast of the intersections of SR 87 and SR 260, on the Mogollon Rim Ranger District. This multiple-objective fire will increase in size as time goes on, and firefighters will be conducting burnout operations to facilitate where and how the fire moves through the landscape. Smoke will become more noticeable, but will still be much lighter than that of a severe wildfire. Fire managers will closely monitor smoke impacts to communities.
The Pivot Rock fire is not a prescribed burn. This wildfire will be managed where needed and allowed to function as nature intended. This means it does not have a planned end date, but fire managers have carefully determined the perimeters within which the fires may run their natural course. Ultimately, fire will eventually treat portions, or all of, the land inside the perimeters.
Information and details about the fires, including their objectives, will be updated on on this page. Quick updates will also be provided via @CoconinoNF on Twitter, so please follow us if you would like to be updated as information is received. The public can report smoke impacts online at http://tinyurl.com/cof-smokerpt
or get more information about the Forest at coconinonationalforest.us.
The fire is at 47 acres