This year, the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management predicts another potentially active fire season in certain parts of the state with conditions very similar to what Arizona saw last year.
A Type 3 Incident Management Team assumed command of the Newman Fire over the weekend and will allow the fire to fulfill its natural role in the ecosystem and consume excess forest fuels within a predetermined planning area.
Today firefighters are working to prepare control lines for burnout operations, which are anticipated to begin Tuesday (July 16) evening. Fire mangers plan to continue burnout operations throughout the week as weather conditions allow.
The Kaibab National Forest in cooperation with the Parks Area Connection and Sherwood Forest Estates Fire District are announcing dates the green waste disposal site will open to residents for dumping of woody debris materials from private property.
This alternative site is being offered to the local community as a result of the temporary closure of the Moonset Pit while undergoing construction to expand capacity for future operations.
Fire managers on the Coconino National Forest have decided to burn a 200 acre area immediately south of Mountainaire tomorrow, April 5, to add more defensible space for this community.
With prescription criteria within the parameters needed for burning in the Mountainaire area, a 200-acre area of land needing fire treatment immediately south of Pawnee and Bannock Streets (35°04'31.6"N, 111°39'35.0"W) will be lit tomorrow morning sometime after 8 a.m.
Summer is just around the corner and more people are heading outdoors to enjoy the season. The Prescott National Forest would like to remind visitors and residents in communities adjacent to the forest to be extra cautious while engaging in activities that have the potential for starting a wildfire.