The Sitgreaves Complex on the Williams Ranger District near Parks, Ariz., reached its final size of 11,080 acres earlier this month, improving overall forest health, wildlife habitat and community safety in an area that hadn’t seen significant fire in close to a century.
The lightning-caused Duck Fire was discovered July 7 about 3 miles northwest of Parks, and fire managers decided to allow it to continue burning as it would naturally as long as it could be safely managed while benefiting forest resources.
Ignitions were successful yesterday on both the Sitgreaves and McRae fires.
Smoke impacts will continue to vary each day but should continue to lift during the day and settle locally overnight. Smoke impacts may increase during times of managed ignitions. Fire managers on the Kaibab National Forest (NF) are working in coordination with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, municipal fire departments, and neighboring forests to monitor smoke impacts.
Today fire managers will likely conduct ignitions on both the Sitgreaves and McRae fires within the planning areas. Crews anticipate increased fire activity on the four fires being managed for resource benefits as they progress across the landscape.
Due to growth on the Duck and Sitgreaves fires, more resources, including two fire crews have arrived and are actively working the fires.
Crews anticipate conducting managed ignitions along FSR 76 as needed. Variable winds, precipitation, and management tactics can change the amount of visible smoke each day. While varying monsoonal precipitation and winds are likely to change fire behavior and growth over the next several days, general fire behavior is anticipated to be low to moderate intensity.
With drier conditions moving into the area, fire managers expect the three fires being managed for resource benefits on Kaibab National Forest (NF) to grow.
“To keep ahead of fire growth, we are planning several hundred acres of managed ignitions around critical areas and perimeters” says Assistant Fire Management Officer, Josh Miller.
Variable winds, precipitation, and management tactics can also change the amount of visible smoke each day. Crews consistently monitor smoke and try, when possible, to limit impacts to residents and communities.