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It took less than 48 hours for California to call upon fire crews from Arizona to help with a fast-moving wildfire raging across Ventura County and assist on other fires burning in the state.
 
Today, the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management received orders to send 25 engines and five task force leaders, for a total of 125 firefighters, to California.
 
Starting tomorrow, the Department of Forestry and Fire Management will begin a 2-day pile burning operation in Northeastern Arizona, near Eagar.
 
The burn will take place at the base of Flat Top Mountain beginning at 7:00 am Wednesday, November 15th and continue through Thursday, November 16th.
 
Burning will run through mid-afternoon on both days and then Arizona State Forestry crews will monitor piles into the evening.
 

Unseasonably warm and dry weather conditions in northern Arizona have presented a unique opportunity for Fire Managers on the Williams Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest to successfully treat just under 9000 acres of densely forested area with prescribed fire over the month of October.

The Green Base Prescribed Fire project which is 9836 acres in size is nearly complete and officials expect to finish the final two blocks totaling 769 acres in one more day of ignitions.

The Pine Hollow wildfire received significant moisture yesterday, and as a result rain showers moderated fire behavior on the lightning-caused fire resulting in no growth in the last 24 hours. However, as the weekend approaches a drying trend is forecasted for the Kaibab Plateau, and with that trend fire managers anticipate smoke sightings to increase.

Fire personnel also responded to three new lightning-caused fires within the last 48 hours. There has been a total of 10 new lightning-caused starts on the North Zone within the last two weeks.

The Goodwin Fire Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) assessment team has completed an evaluation of the effects of the fire on watershed conditions to determine the potential risk to human life and safety, property, and critical natural and cultural resources. They have also assessed whether appropriate and effective stabilization measures that can be implemented on national forest lands in a timely manner to reduce unacceptable risks from potential flooding and debris flow threats.

The Pine Hollow fire continued to grow today and is now just under 500 acres, the fire did receive moderate precipitation over the weekend and more is forecasted for tomorrow.

Tomorrow’s planned strategy is to take advantage of recent wetting conditions and blackline perimeters around sensitive areas within the 10,295 acre planning area boundary.

“We’re going to do so on our terms, when we’re not being pushed and can control the intensity of fire behavior in and around sensitive areas that we want to protect,” said Type IV Incident Commander Dave Veater.

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