Current Situation: The Sheridan Fire has exceeded 11,000 acres and continues to burn through the brush and grass in a remote area north of Prescott. There was not a great deal of fire activity yesterday and smoke was relatively light. The next couple of days are forecast to have slightly higher temperatures and lower humidity so fire crews are planning to use the opportunity to conduct burning operations between the fire and the western containment line. This is intended to increase the effectiveness of the containment line and restore fire to the ecosystem.
Firefighters will be using drip torches while helicopters and unmanned drones may drop self-igniting plastic spheres in the area. There is a temporary flight restriction around the fire area and it is critical that no other aircraft, manned or unmanned, be flying in the vicinity as it could cause serious accidents with the fire-related aircraft.
Closure: A closure area 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. 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:Because of the planned burning today and tomorrow, smoke from the Sheridan Fire will likely be more noticeable. Smoke may visible over most of the Prescott and Tri-City area, particularly in the afternoon and early evening hours. Smoke impacts extend mainly to the north and northeast of the general fire area. Fire operations managers attempt to minimize smoke impacts when and where possible.
For more fire information:
Prescott Fire Information Phone: 928-925-1111
Prescott National Forest – Fire Closure Order & Map: https://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott
Prescott National Forest Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PrescottNF/
Prescott National Forest Twitter: https://twitter.com/PrescottNF
Sheridan Fire Overview
Location: 23 miles Northwest of Prescott, AZ on the Chino Valley District (T16N, R6W, S16)
Start Date: August 5, 2019
Size: 11,155 acres
Percent Contained: 0%
Vegetation: Pinyon-Juniper, Grass, and Brush
Resources: Approx. 216 personnel including: 10-Engines, 4-Water Tenders, 1-Dozer, 3-Crews, 2-Helicopters