Sheridan Fire update; rehabilitation efforts begin

September 4, 2019 - 11:47 am

Due to decreased fire activity we will no longer be sending out a daily News Release. We will only share information if there is a significant event or change in fire behavior.

With less fire activity expected to continue due to scattered thunder showers and higher humidity fire crews are shifting their focus to rehabilitation efforts in areas impacted by the Sheridan Fire as Forest officials look at reducing the current closure area.

Sheridan Fire Overview

Location: 23 miles Northwest of Prescott, AZ on the Chino Valley District (T16N, R6W, S16)Size: 17,066 acres

Percent Contained: 49%

Cause: Lightning

Vegetation: Pinyon-Juniper, Grass and Brush

Resources: Approx. 81 personnel including: 2-Engines, 2-Crews and 1-Helicopter

Current Situation: Some interior hot spots are still being worked, but rehabilitation of the Sheridan Fire area is the focus of firefighters today. Fire crew’s handlines and berms created bydozer lines that were constructed in order to control the spread of the fire are now being rehabilitated and returned to their natural state. In other areas that were impacted by the fire“Chipping” is continuing. Chipping is the process whereby brush, limbs and other organic material that were removed in order to hamper fire spread are being mechanically chipped and dispersed back to the forest floor. Some interior hot spots are still being worked by fire crews.

Closure: Forest officials are re-evaluating the current Sheridan Fire area closure order with a reduction expected sometime this week. The current closure area map and detailed description are available on Inciweb and on the Prescott National Forest website.

The public can obtain additional information via the following:

Local Ranger Stations:

  • Bradshaw Ranger District (928) 443-8000
  • Chino Valley Ranger District (928) 777-2200
  • Verde Ranger District (928) 567-4121

 

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