To ensure for public health and safety the Coconino National Forest has issued a temporary closure of the Newman Fire area.
Hand ignitions on the Newman Fire were successful yesterday. All fire remained within the intended fire perimeter and there were no holding concerns. Firefighters decided to postpone aerial ignitions due to gusty winds.
Fire managers will reevaluate firing operations along the south/southwestern Lake Mary shoreline this evening. Crews will continue with hand ignitions to secure control lines throughout the day.
Heavy smoke impacts can be expected through Thursday. Smoke will primarily impact visibility and recreational activities along the Lake Mary corridor. Smoke will be visible from the communities of Elk Park Meadows, Lake Mary Meadows, Flagstaff, Kachina, Mountainaire, Munds Park and major transportation corridors nearby.
The public should use extreme caution when recreating or driving along Lake Mary corridor and any roads adjacent to the fire area. Updates about the Newman Fire, acreage, and latest activity can be found daily on Inciweb.
NEWMAN FIRE OVERVIEW
- Discovery date: July 11, 2019.
- Cause: Lightning.
- Origin location: Approximately 15 miles southeast of Flagstaff (Latitude/Longitude: 35° 1.342N, 111° 31.502W).
- Current size: 888 acres.
- Current resources: Four crews, six engines, two patrol units, a dozer, and miscellaneous overhead personnel. Total personnel: approximately 122.
- Predicted smoke impacts: Significant smoke will impact the Lake Mary Corridor.
- Current closures: Temporary closure of the Newman Fire area, Forest Order 03-04-19-14F. The Narrows day-use area and Lakeview Campground have also been closed temporarily due to expected heavy smoke impacts.