Coconino County

A morning reconnaissance of the Gate 13 Fire determined that increased winds of 20-30 mph, with gust up to 35, at Camp Navajo have significantly reduced the burn rate and spread of the fire.

Firebreaks installed yesterday are holding up to the fire and secondary breaks were installed in the northwest sector of the area.

In addition, “Bambi Bucket” water drops are extinguishing hot spots along the eastern boundary of the fire. This effort has been productive with 5-to-7 minute turn around times from water collection to release. 

Camp Navajo Fire Department continues their containment efforts of the Gate 13 Fire today in the wake of anticipated winds expecting to reach 30-35 mph.

Yesterday's efforts to widen firebreaks helped prevent overnight flair ups allowing for first responders to better prepare for affects from wind today.

The Arizona Department of Transportation posted warning signs along the I-40 prompting drivers of potential smoke hazards in the area.

In addition, Coconino County officials have provided some health tips to help prevent illness or injury:

Camp Navajo Fire Department is responding to a fire that was initiated in the southwest corner of Camp Navajo near Volunteer Canyon. The Gate 13 Fire started Feb. 6 during demolition operations. The Gate 13 Fire is approximately 830-acres in an area that precludes active fire suppression and remains within the established containment lines.

Camp Navajo Fire Department and facility equipment operators have cut firebreaks around 98% of the fire in an effort to contain the fire to its current boundary.

Location:

  • Black Mesa Ranger District of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests
  • Coconino County, Arizona
  • Northwest of Forest Lakes in Leonard Canyon

Start Date:  October 6, 2017                                                            

Size:  Approximately 1,800 acres

Percent contained:  15%                                                                     

Cause:  Lightning

Personnel Assigned: 130             

Location:

  • Black Mesa Ranger District of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests
  • Coconino County, Arizona
  • Northwest of Forest Lakes in Leonard Canyon

Start Date:  October 6, 2017                                                            

Size:  Approximately 1,500 acres

Percent contained:  0%                                                       

Cause:  Lightning

Personnel Assigned: 100

Coconino County Public Health Services District (CCPHSD) officials confirmed that fleas collected in the Red Lake area, approximately five miles northeast of Williams, tested positive for plague (Yersinia pestis). The tests were conducted by the Center for Pathogen and Microbiome Institute at Northern Arizona University. 

CCPHSD is notifying area residents. The burrows are being treated and the area will be closely monitored to determine if further action is required. 

On 07/23/17 at approximately 11:40 a.m. the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office was notified by the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs that there was a personal locator beacon activation in the bottom of Chevelon Canyon near Telephone Ridge. The Sheriff’s Office, Coconino County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, Forest Lakes Fire District, U.S. Forest Service, and the Arizona Department of Public Safety Central Air Rescue Unit responded to the call. The response was impacted by severe thunderstorms in the area making travel on roads and trails hazardous.

In coordination with area partners such as the U.S. Forest Service and the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, Coconino County will remove fire restrictions at 8 a.m., Tuesday, July 18.
 
Significant moisture and fewer wildland fire starts throughout northern Arizona has brought has decreased the fire risk in the region. When local area U.S Forests lift fire restrictions, the Coconino Wildland Defense Ordinance allows for Coconino County Emergency Manager Whitney to remove restrictions.
 
Good news for folks headed up to the high country this weekend! Today, the Department of Forestry and Fire Management is taking Coconino County out of Stage II Fire Restrictions thanks to the recent rains in the area.
 
In late June, DFFM put Coconino County, just south of the Colorado River, in Stage II restrictions due to the increased fire activity and hotter temperatures. With those stricter regulations, campfires were not allowed.
 
Coconino County will rescind Stage 2 fire restrictions at 9 a.m., Thursday, July 13. Stage 1 restrictions will remain in effect and is in coordination with the National Forest Service and the State of Arizona.
 
Monsoonal rainfall throughout northern Arizona over the past week has brought moisture to the forests and the area. When local area U.S Forests move out of Stage 2 fire restrictions and back into Stage 1 restrictions, the Coconino Wildland Defense Ordinance allows for Coconino

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