The Sunflower fire on the Williams Ranger District of Kaibab National Forest has rekindled with an increase in activity over the past few days as a drying trend allowed for active spread. The Ike fire has been called out after receiving significant moisture prior to the recent change in weather.
The Sunflower and Ike fires southeast of Williams that are being utilized to accomplish forest health objectives received more rain yesterday stalling their spread temporarily.
The Sunflower and Ike fires have shown little growth but continued to slowly creep and smolder under the canopies as rains sustained throughout the afternoon.
Crews have taken advantage of the wet weather staying well ahead of the fire completing the preparation work needed. Both fires are experiencing very minimal activity at this time.
Light rains continue to fall over the Sunflower and Ike fires intermittently throughout the day limiting both fires to modest growth. The Sunflower Fire is currently 56 acres in size and has grown approximately 30 acres over the last three days. The Ike fire is still under 1 acre but continues to smolder and creep in the pine needles and surface litter.
The two fires (Sunflower and Ike) being allowed to spread in a natural setting on the Williams Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest are growing slowly but steadily as weather conditions and precipitation levels fluctuate daily.
Recent moisture from monsoonal rains have created favorable conditions on the Williams Ranger District prompting Kaibab National Forest officials to utilize the lightning caused “Sunflower” and “Ike” fires to spread in a natural progression within a designated planning area.
Fire officials on the Williams Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest have two new lightning caused fires called the “Sunflower” and “Ike” fires. Both fires are being assessed for their potential of reducing hazardous fuel accumulations and restoring overall forest health.