Coconino National Forest
Coconino National Forest firefighters are planning to conduct a prescribed burn tomorrow south of Kachina Village and will continue other burn projects next week if weather conditions remain favorable.
Wildland firefighters are responding with ground crews and multiple engines to a wildfire in the Schultz Pass between Mt. Elden and the San Francisco Peaks.
The Hill Fire, last reported at 2 acres and growing, was reported just after 3 p.m. today by members of the public who called in a smoke report.
Smoke will be visible from Flagstaff and other local communities. The public should use extreme caution when driving on U.S. Highway 180 north of Flagstaff as firefighting vehicles and personnel will be using the highway to respond.
The Coconino National Forest is reducing the size of the area closure for the Museum Fire on Friday (Oct.4) to allow for increased access and recreation on parts of Mt. Elden.
The Burned Area Emergency Response team has completed treatments to the land, including mulching with a helicopter in effort to stabilize the watershed and encourage recovery. Now that this important work is complete, the public will be allowed in additional areas of the burned area.
The Forest Service is announcing the preliminary results of the investigation regarding the cause of the Museum Fire, a wildfire which began July 21 and burned 1,961 acres on the Coconino National Forest above Flagstaff.
Beginning Wednesday, firefighters plan to conduct burnout operations on the fire management boundary of the Whiskey Fire along Forest Road 231 to protect areas and ensure the active wildfire stays in its containment area.
The fire is burning approximately 8 miles west of Turkey Butte Lookout within the footprint of the 2014 Slide Fire in approximately 140 acres.
Wildland firefighters are managing the Whiskey Fire, a lightning-started fire reported on Sept. 2, burning on approximately 105 acres in Ponderosa pine about 15 miles southwest of Flagstaff within the footprint of the 2014 Slide Fire.
Fire managers are strategic when making decisions about how to manage a wildfire for restoration purposes.