The Kendrick Fire was a human-caused grass wildfire reported at approximately 2:30 p.m. March 17 northwest of the San Francisco Peaks. Personnel from Coconino National Forest and Summit Fire Department responded and worked to protect specific structures that were threatened for a time, which are listed below. Forest Service Law Enforcement was also assisted by the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office in the investigation.
Coconino National Forest
The Kendrick Fire, a human-caused wildfire reported at approximately 2:30 p.m. today is estimated to be 75-100 acres in size and multiple resources are on scene.
The fire is located 15 miles north of Flagstaff, just east of Kendrick Park and south of Saddle Mountain. Resources on scene from the Forest Service and Summit Fire Department include four engines, one water tender and approximately 20 firefighters. No structures are threatened at this time.
The Mogollon Rim Ranger District is planning to burn about 2,000 acres of light grasses and Juniper tree fuels approximately 16 miles north and east of the Blue Ridge Ranger Station on State Highway 87 on March 20 or 21 (Monday or Tuesday) if weather cooperates.
The burn location is on the far eastern boundary of the Coconino National Forest, one mile southeast of State Highway 87.
Fire managers are waiting for the correct weather and winds to ignite this area, as winds need to be southwesterly to minimize smoke impact to drivers on the highway and communities.
The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office and the Coconino National Forest are warning backcountry mountain travelers to be alert for potential avalanche hazards on the San Francisco Peaks. The existing snowpack, recent wind events, and a large amount of new snow could produce hazardous conditions in the backcountry. This includes side country area bordering Arizona Snowbowl Ski Area.
When the snow flies in Northern Arizona, people from all over the state come and play in the Flagstaff area.
Three-day weekends, such as the one upcoming, are weekends when masses of people converge upon northern Arizona and Coconino National Forest to play in the snow. Drivers, visitors and residents will need to have extra patience and be courteous to each other.
Recent snows have brought many visitors to snow play areas along state Route 180, north of Flagstaff, which has caused dangerous conditions as people are parking illegally on the side of SR 180.
Hand thinning of trees throughout the Coconino National Forest has produced piles of branches, which will be burned this week in the Stoneman Lake area of the Mogollon Rim Ranger District.
The pile burns will be three miles east of Stoneman Lake Road, near Lake Mary Road and six miles southeast of Clints Well near the Mogollon Rim. The prescribed pile burns will begin around 10 a.m. and continue through the afternoon, with smoke is predicted to move toward the northeast.
The Eastside project has produced piles of debris from hand-thinning of trees, which will be burned tomorrow (Tuesday, Nov. 29) near Flagstaff and will produce smoke visible to surrounding residents.
The pile burns will be in two main locations: one is located about two miles south of Little America near Pine Canyon subdivision and the Heckethorn community. The other is located north of Flagstaff near Schultz Pass. The burns will begin around 9 a.m. and continue through the afternoon, with smoke predicted to move toward the northeast.
Fire managers are planning a prescribed burn project Wednesday (Nov. 16) in the Mormon Lake area. Weather conditions will dictate when the project is initiated by fire managers. A portion of the Arizona National Scenic Trail, between Forest Service Roads 90N and 90H, will be temporarily closed into the weekend and then an assessment will be completed to determine its reopening. Although there will be smoke in the area, a short, easy reroute will be marked during that time.
Coconino National Forest fire managers are utilizing forest roads as natural boundaries to back burn around a lightning-caused wildfire and eventually contain the wildfire that is located approximately five miles northeast of Munds Park.
The Spur Fire began Friday (Oct. 28) about five miles northeast of Munds Park and is currently burning in an area with heavy forest fuels.
Fire managers are planning several prescribed burn projects this week across Coconino National Forest that will produce visible smoke around Flagstaff, Stoneman Lake and Clints Well, beginning as early as tomorrow.