Fire managers are anticipating that there will be an opportunity this afternoon and perhaps over the next few days to ignite some of the still unburned fuels in the interior of the Sheridan Fire. These operations serve to improve the health and ecological function of the area and reduce the risk of high intensity fire for many years into the future. A variety of factors dictate when a window of opportunity may arise and how much smoke it could produce over the area.
Chino Valley District
Forest officials have reduced the size of the fire area closure, but motorists should remain vigilant due to the presence of fire crews and equipment working in the area and other hazards associated with the rehabilitation efforts.
Sheridan Fire Overview
Location: 23 miles Northwest of Prescott, AZ on the Chino Valley District (T16N, R6W, S16)
Size: 21,510 acres;
Percent Contained: 60%
Isolated rains associated with thunderstorms considerably slowed the spread of the Sheridan Fire yesterday allowing fire crews to accomplish significant containment. Today the Type 3 Team prepares for a transition back to local units.
Sheridan Fire Overview
Current Situation: Yesterday fire crews succeeded in igniting vegetation along the western edge of the Sheridan Fire containment line, although the increased humidity in the afternoon caused the fire to not burn as actively as anticipated. The fire now exceeds 13,000 acres. Today fire crews will again work on firing along the western containment line.
Current Situation: The Sheridan Fire has exceeded 11,000 acres and continues to burn through the brush and grass in a remote area north of Prescott. There was not a great deal of fire activity yesterday and smoke was relatively light. The next couple of days are forecast to have slightly higher temperatures and lower humidity so fire crews are planning to use the opportunity to conduct burning operations between the fire and the western containment line. This is intended to increase the effectiveness of the containment line and restore fire to the ecosystem.
The Sheridan Fire experienced little growth yesterday as temperatures have moderated somewhat and humidity has increased as fire in this vegetation type is very sensitive to fluctuations in temperature and humidity. Fire crews will be burning along the western side of the fire to reduce fuels in that area. Fire mangers are pleased with the fire effects they are seeing on the ground.
The Sheridan Fire, influenced by unseasonably hot, windy and dry conditions, made a push northward, more than doubling the acreage yesterday. The preparations made by firefighters to reduce vegetation adjacent to the Camp Wood Road were critically important to slowing the forward momentum of the fire-front. The fire did spot over the Camp Wood Road, at the junction of Forest Road 95, initiating a full closure of the Camp Wood Road within the Forest Boundary. Forest official are looking to expand the Fire Area Closure to include area north of the Camp Wood Road.