Smoke from Sheridan Fire may be visible over Prescott and Tri-City area today

August 29, 2019 - 11:25 am

Current Situation: Yesterday the Sheridan Fire increased to over 15,000 acres, mainly due to hand and aerial ignitions along the western edge of the fire containment line. The aerial ignitions are being done by plastic incendiary devices that resemble ping pong balls. These are fired from a helicopter or unmanned drone and ignite the vegetation on the ground. Today fire crews will again work on firing between the main fire and the western containment line.

Late yesterday afternoon fire crews had to suspend operations and move out of the areas where they were working due to the frequent lightning strikes in the area. They sheltered in their vehicles until the storms moved away.

Closure: An 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. The Walnut Creek Road is now 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: Smoke was noticeable over the fire yesterday afternoon into the evening. Smoke may visible over most of the Prescott and Tri-City area again today, 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. There is a temporary smoke monitor in Paulden which showed air quality to be in the good range yesterday except for a brief period around 11:00 a.m.

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Prescott Fire Information Phone: 928-925-1111

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Sheridan Fire Overview

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

Start Date: August 5, 2019

Current Size: 15,689 acres 

Percent Contained: 0%

Cause: Lightning 

Vegetation: Pinyon-Juniper, Grass, and Brush

Resources: Approx. 212 personnel including: 8 Engines, 4 Water Tenders, 4 masticators, 4 Crews, 2 Helicopters