Sheridan Fire update: lower humidity prompts change in tactics

August 31, 2019 - 11:27 am

Slightly lower humidity yesterday prompted fire crews to change tactics due to the increase of fire behavior. Crews today will monitor and improve the fireline, benefitting from their earlier firing efforts.

Sheridan Fire Overview 

Location: 23 miles Northwest of Prescott, AZ on the Chino Valley District (T16N, R6W, S16) Size:16,227

Percent Contained: 0%

Cause: Lightning 

Vegetation: Pinyon-Juniper, Grass and Brush

Resources: Approx. 211 personnel including: 8-Engines, 4-Water Tenders, 4-Crews, 2-Helicopters, 4-Masticators, 1- Dozer

Current Situation: 

Smoke once again appeared on the horizon as fire crews temporarily suspended firing operations in order to monitor and patrol the southwest section of the fire where the most activity occurred yesterday. With lower humidity expected to continue today tactics should remain the same as the fire continues to burn in overgrown chaparral. Helicopters have also suspended firing operations for today and will switch their focus to reconnaissance and mapping missions. 

On the southeast section of the fire crews are working to improve contingency lines. While tactics for today have changed, the overall objective of resource benefits for more resilient vegetation and improved wildlife habitat remain the same. The fire, which was started from a lightning strike on August 5, continues to be allowed to fulfill its natural role.

There are no homes or structures threatened. 

Closure: The area closure 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; however Walnut Creek Road remains open. 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:

Visible smoke may continue to increase today due to the lower humidity and increase in fire behavior. Incident-specific smoke monitors are in place near Paulden to monitor area impacts. 

If smoke conditions increase today it is recommended that those more sensitive to smoke stay indoors with windows and doors closed, and bring pets inside. 

Prescott Fire Information Phone: 928-925-1111

Prescott National Forest – Fire Closure Order & Map: https://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott

InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6522/

Prescott National Forest Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PrescottNF/

Prescott National Forest Twitter: https://twitter.com/PrescottNF

 

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