The Snake Ridge wildfire continues to burn within the fire perimeter with low to moderate intensity. Today firefighters will work to hold and secure all fire lines within the perimeter with no anticipated fire ignition. Fire managers recognize the potential for lingering smoke and temporary impacts to outlying communities given the lack of air movement and poor ventilation. Firefighter safety and community health continues to be fire managers’ top priority while working to secure the fire and protect values at risk, including the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) powerline.
Surrounding areas including Camp Verde, Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon can expect temporary smoke impacts over the next couple days due to the lack of wind and atmospheric ventilation. Fire personnel are taking steps/developing strategies and tactics to reduce air quality impacts as much as possible.
This wildfire is expected to provide natural resource benefits given its low intensity, while reducing woody fuel accumulation, creating safer conditions for residents, the public and firefighters. For more information, details and the specific objectives for the Snake Ridge Fire, please visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/unit/303/. Quick updates will also be provided via Twitter at www.twitter.com/CoconinoNF (@CoconinoNF), so please follow us if you would like to be updated as information is received. The public can report smoke impacts online at www.tinyurl.com/cocosmokereport and also sign up to receive news releases from Coconino National Forest at www.tinyurl.com/coconewsrelease.
SNAKE RIDGE WILDFIRE SUMMARY
Reported: May 19, 2017 at 3:02 p.m. by Baker Butte Lookout.
Location: About nine miles northwest of Clints Well; Latitude/longitude: 34.602283, -111.457167.
Size: 7,547 acres
Resources: Three engines, two Hotshot crews, one helicopter, one dozer, nine patrol units, various support personnel; Approximately 100 firefighters and personnel.
Closures/Restrictions: A closure order is in effect for the fire area. Closures and/or restrictions will continue to be updated on Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/unit/303/ as necessary, and signs will be placed in areas of closures/restrictions to notify the public.
Smoke Impacts: Smoke is expected to impact Camp Verde, Sedona, and Oak Creek Canyon over the next several days given poor air movement and ventilation.