Fire managers have completed all burnout operations around the 5,001-acre Newman Fire, and a reduced number of firefighting resources will remain on scene to monitor and keep the fire perimeter secured.
Containment will steadily increase as firefighters detect and extinguish sources of heat along the control lines, as well as assess and mitigate hazard trees along travel corridors and near recreational use areas.
Weather conditions allowed for successful aerial ignitions on the Newman Fire yesterday, and burnout operations secured control lines along the south/southwest shoreline of Lake Mary.
Fire managers will continue to monitor fire behavior and weather conditions today. Proactive burnout operations will continue if conditions remain favorable to secure the perimeter and increase the strength of control lines. Crews will be actively patrolling the fire’s edge to ensure all fire remains within the predetermined planning area.
Firefighters will begin burnout operations today on the 275-acre Newman Fire, which includes ignitions on the ground in coordination with aerial ignitions to secure control lines along the planned fire perimeter.
Burnout operations are expected to continue through Thursday as weather conditions allow, and the public can expect to see a significant increase in smoke as these ignitions are carried out.
A Type 3 Incident Management Team assumed command of the Newman Fire over the weekend and will allow the fire to fulfill its natural role in the ecosystem and consume excess forest fuels within a predetermined planning area.
Today firefighters are working to prepare control lines for burnout operations, which are anticipated to begin Tuesday (July 16) evening. Fire mangers plan to continue burnout operations throughout the week as weather conditions allow.
Fire managers on the Coconino National Forest have decided to burn a 200 acre area immediately south of Mountainaire tomorrow, April 5, to add more defensible space for this community.
With prescription criteria within the parameters needed for burning in the Mountainaire area, a 200-acre area of land needing fire treatment immediately south of Pawnee and Bannock Streets (35°04'31.6"N, 111°39'35.0"W) will be lit tomorrow morning sometime after 8 a.m.
Coconino National Forest fire managers plan to burn excess fuels near Mountainaire and Lake Mary during next week as weather allows.
The Howard Burn Project encompasses approximately 800 acres and is located just southeast of Mountainaire (35°04'31.6"N, 111°39'35.0"W). Within this broadcast burn area there are also slash piles which will burn and may smoke for several days within the prescription area. Fire managers are planning to use Forest Roads 235, 235A, 235J and local topography as area boundaries.
The Flagstaff Ranger Station, Mountainaire project and the Mormon Lake work center have produced piles of debris from the thinning of trees, which will be burned today and Friday near Flagstaff and will produce smoke visible to surrounding visitors and residents.
Fire managers are planning several prescribed burns next week to reintroduce fire into the Ponderosa pine ecosystem and reduce forest fuel accumulation in strategic areas around northern Arizona communities.
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