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.
Fire managers on the Whiskey Fire have will be using a helicopter to perform aerial ignitions to supplement the efforts of firefighters conducting hand ignition burnouts today which will produce large volumes of smoke going northeast.
The Long Fire is burning near Long Park, about 2 miles southwest of Mormon Lake Village and approximately 5 acres in size.
Firefighters are securing a line around the fire and chasing spot fires driven by wind. Multiple fire-fighting resources have responded, including three engines, two water tenders, one bulldozer, one 20-person Type I crew (hotshot) and one 20-person Type II crew (from the Arizona Department of Corrections Winslow Facility).
A prescribed burn project is planned tonight on the Coconino National Forest in the Mogollon Rim Ranger District, approximately seven miles southeast of Mormon Lake.
Weather and ventilation is forecasted tomorrow to transport and disperse smoke toward the northeast, which may impact Winslow.
Prescribed burns are always dependent upon weather and wind conditions, which can differ drastically across the forest. Prescribed burns are also subject to approval from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, so this burn could be canceled if conditions are not suitable.
Fire managers are planning a prescribed burn tomorrow approximately one mile south of Mormon Lake, near the southern intersection of Lake Mary Road and Mormon Lake Road.
The Mint project will burn about 115 acres and produce smoke that will be visible to Mormon Lake Village, people traveling near Mormon Lake and possibly Flagstaff. North/northeast winds are expected tomorrow which will mitigate impacts to the surrounding roads and private residences in the village during the day. However, light smoke impacts are expected in the village overnight.
Fire managers continue to utilize the lightning-caused Camillo Fire to restore the forest and reduce risk of severe fire.
Over the next several days, expect smoke to increase as the fires continue to treat more of the landscape. The Camillo Fire is burning at a low severity across the forest floor reducing fuel accumulations and promoting forest health.
Fire managers on the Coconino National Forest (NF) are utilizing the lightning-caused Camillo Fire located approximately 20 miles south of Flagstaff near Mormon Lake.
The Camillo Fire is fulfilling its natural and crucial role in forest health and fuels reduction. The forest needs frequent, low severity fire to restore wildlife habitat, promote healthy vegetation, reduce fuels and the risk of severe fire, and create safer conditions for residents, visitors, and firefighters.