The Coldwater Fire, approximately 4 miles south of Clints Well, was slowed yesterday by rain and thunderstorms which rolled through the Mogollon Rim area and are in the forecast for today.
Growth from yesterday’s burnout operations was minimal, with 50 acres being burned. This brings the total fire acres up to just under 2,300 acres.
Fire crews will continue to secure the fire area and conduct hazardous tree removal along sections of state Route 87. Arizona Department of Transportation is on scene to manage traffic, as needed, for cutting operations along Route 87.
Fire managers will be conducting slash pile burns near Flagstaff, Mountainaire and southwest of Clints Well throughout next week.
Fire managers will be conducting slash pile burns Thursday (Nov. 29) and Friday (Nov. 30) near Clints Well and Flagstaff.
Mogollon Rim Ranger District firefighters are planning to burn slash piles both Thursday and Friday near the intersection of state Routes 87 and 260 southwest of Clints Well. Smoke may be noticeable from these machine piles as wind speed decreases. Smoke will settle during evening hours in the West Clear Creek Wilderness and impact low lying areas near the burn site.
Fire managers will be conducting prescribed burns and slash pile burns near Flagstaff and southwest of Clints Well throughout next week as weather conditions dry out.
Fire managers will be conducting slash pile burns Wednesday, and continue Thursday if needed, near Flagstaff, Mountainaire, west Sedona and southwest of Clints Well.
Smoke from piles near Mount Eldon Road is expected to disperse toward the west and may be visible to north Flagstaff residents and motorists using Interstate 17 near Mountainaire. Smoke form the piles in west Sedona and near U.S. Highway 260, southwest of Clints Well, are small and should be unnoticeable. Smoke may settle during evening hours and impact low lying areas near the burn sites.
The Tank Fire is being held at 176 acres and has 75 percent containment in an area about 1-2 miles northeast of the junction of Lake Mary Road and state Route 87 on the Mogollon Rim.
Firefighting operations yesterday reinforced fire lines and suppressed several hot spots. The Coconino National Forest’s Type III Incident Management Team assigned to the fire will turn it over to the Mogollon Rim Ranger District as a Type IV incident today.
A Closure Order is now in effect for the area of the Tinder Fire located just east of C.C. Cragin (aka Blue Ridge) Reservoir to protect public safety and allow for safe and efficient firefighting operations.