Wildfire being used for restoration near Upper Lake Mary

July 13, 2019 - 6:12 pm
The Newman Fire, a lightning-caused wildfire south of Upper Lake Mary, is being allowed to burn to fulfill its natural role and consume dense forest fuels while firefighters keep it in check.
The fire was discovered July 11 and is approximately 13 acres, burning in a 22,130 acre planning area about 3 miles directly south of Upper Lake Mary. The fire poses no danger or threat to any residents or structures, but it is producing smoke visible to motorists along Lake Mary Road and may also be seen from Flagstaff.
Firefighters are working today to keep the fire away from a timber sale area and notifying people recreating and camping in the area of the fire. Boaters and campers in the area should be aware of smoke impacts, which will increase as burnout operations are conducted this coming week.
Campers should refrain from occupying areas south/southwest of Upper Lake Mary where burnout operations will occur.
Allowing the fire to continue burning within an area southwest of Upper Lake Mary will create a buffer that could help protect homes and vital infrastructure from possible future severe wildfires, as well as benefit the ecosystem by removing forest fuels and revitalizing the soil.
Updates about the Newman Fire can be found on Inciweb. Follow the Coconino National Forest’s social media sites, such as Twitter and Facebook, to get timely updates on this fire, other incidents, and forest-wide activities.
  • 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: 13 acres.
  • Current resources: Two engines, a crew, a dozer and overhead personnel. Total personnel: approximately 30.
  • Predicted smoke impacts: Expect smoke production to increase over the next few days. Significant smoke may impact Lake Mary Road south of Flagstaff to Mormon Lake. The smoke may be seen by people in Flagstaff, boaters and motorists near Lake Mary. Smoke will likely impact areas of Walnut Canyon National Monument, as well as the Mormon Lake community during cooler evening hours.
  • Current closures: None. However, campers should not establish any camps on the south/southwestern shore of Upper Lake Mary due to upcoming burnout operations.
  • Recent and current operations: Wildland firefighting crews are protecting a timber sale area using a dozer and backburning areas south of Upper Lake Mary today.

The image shows a map and a fire icon indicating the location of the Newman Fire.