With extreme winter weather conditions approaching, many forest roads across Coconino National Forest will be closed through the weekend, beginning today, in order to keep visitors from getting stranded and also protect forest roads from damage.
This means gates will be swung and locked at the entrance of the closed forest roads, or signed barricades will be installed, letting the public know the road is closed.
Coconino National Forest firefighters plan to conduct prescribed burns next week in several areas that have been previously postponed due to earlier conditions that would have heavily impacted communities with smoke.
Coconino National Forest firefighters plan to conduct prescribed burns next week in areas that will lessen smoke impacts to surrounding communities.
These burns are among the prescribed burn projects planned for the Flagstaff Ranger District and the Mogollon Rim Ranger District this fall and are part of a strategy to allow fire across the landscape in order to restore forests to healthier conditions, protect watersheds and improve the safety of the communities around them.
Fire managers have canceled all prescribed burns across the Coconino National Forest today after considering the high winds forecast by the U.S. National Weather Service.
Firefighters will focus on ensuring any prescribed burns on the Coconino NF from earlier in the week remain within their operational boundaries today and will look at plans for resuming important prescribed burns next week.
Information about any prescribed burns planned for next week will be distributed tomorrow through a news release.
Coconino National Forest firefighters were planning to conduct prescribed burns today near the Fort Valley area and other areas north of Flagstaff later during the week, but those plans have been cancelled today due to unhealthy smoke impacts in Flagstaff and predicted northerly winds.
Coconino National Forest firefighters had planned to conduct a prescribed burn northwest of Flagstaff this morning but have decided to postpone it due to an unfavorable weather forecast of northeast winds
Fire managers have also decided to change the timing of other burn projects scheduled this week to mitigate smoke impacts to surrounding communities.
The Experimental Forest project is cancelled for today and will be rescheduled at a later time when weather conditions improve to allow for favorable ventilation of the smoke.
Coconino National Forest firefighters are planning to conduct a prescribed burn tomorrow south of Kachina Village and will continue other burn projects next week if weather conditions remain favorable.
Wildland firefighters are responding with ground crews and multiple engines to a wildfire in the Schultz Pass between Mt. Elden and the San Francisco Peaks.
The Hill Fire, last reported at 2 acres and growing, was reported just after 3 p.m. today by members of the public who called in a smoke report.
Smoke will be visible from Flagstaff and other local communities. The public should use extreme caution when driving on U.S. Highway 180 north of Flagstaff as firefighting vehicles and personnel will be using the highway to respond.
The Coconino National Forest is reducing the size of the area closure for the Museum Fire on Friday (Oct.4) to allow for increased access and recreation on parts of Mt. Elden.
The Burned Area Emergency Response team has completed treatments to the land, including mulching with a helicopter in effort to stabilize the watershed and encourage recovery. Now that this important work is complete, the public will be allowed in additional areas of the burned area.
The seasonal influenza vaccine is available at the Coconino County Health and Human Services (CCHHS) Clinic in Flagstaff.
Flu shots are available beginning Monday, Sept. 23 at the CCHHS Clinic, 2625 N. King Street, Flagstaff. Appointments are available Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Walk-ins are accepted as availability permits. Call the CCHHS Clinic at 928-679-7222 to make an appointment.