Fire managers plan to utilize an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to monitor, gather intelligence, and conduct burnout operations on the Maroon Fire in areas which are inaccessible or too hazardous for firefighters.
The Forest Service has experimented with UAS on incidents in the past, but the Maroon Fire incident management team will be the first to officially order and operate this specialized equipment on an active incident to meet operational objectives.
A Type 3 Incident Management Team (IMT) has assumed management responsibilities of the Maroon Fire, which is currently 100 acres and had slight growth on Sunday due to gusty winds.
Fire managers with the Coconino National Forest are making use of a lightning-caused fire to benefit the landscape and maintain a healthy ecosystem by allowing the fire to fulfill its natural role and consume forest debris.
Coconino County Public Health Services District (CCPHSD) Officials are urging people to protect themselves against rabies.
CCPHSD advises individuals to seek immediate medical attention if they are bitten or have had contact with an animal suspected to have rabies. Postexposure prophylaxis, a series of injections, may be recommended to prevent disease. Once symptoms appear, rabies is fatal in humans.
While there’s plenty of snow in the high country thanks to this week’s powerful storm, drivers should resist the temptation to park along state highways to play in it, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety and Arizona Department of Transportation.
Highway shoulders are for emergencies only. By law, you must exit highways and park in designated areas beyond the highway right of way before building that snowman.
With a long weekend at hand and snow in the forecast, those heading to Arizona’s high country should leave prepared for extended time in winter weather and for the possibility of delays around popular snow-play areas such as US 180 northwest of Flagstaff.
Fire managers will be conducting slash pile burns near Flagstaff and on Lake Mary Road starting Monday.