On November 19, Northern Arizona First Responder Agencies held their annual Winter Preparedness meeting at the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office. Agencies in attendance included Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Public Safety, Flagstaff Police Department, Arizona Game and Fish, Highlands Fire Department, United States Forest Service, and representatives from Arizona Snowbowl and the Nordic Village.
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.
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.
Several prescribed burns are planned next week near Munds Park on the Flagstaff Ranger District and seven miles southeast of Mormon Lake on the Mogollon Rim Ranger District most of these prescribed burns will be used to introduce fire in the habitat of the Mexican Spotted Owl.
The 1,200-acre Sawmill project is scheduled to begin Tuesday evening at approximately 5 p.m. and is located on the Mogollon Rim Ranger District about six miles southeast of Mormon Lake on the east side of Lake Mary Road.
The following prescribed burns are planned for the week of Oct. 4 - 6 on the Coconino National Forest.
These prescribed burns are conducted in order to help protect communities from severe wildfires by reducing forest fuel accumulation in strategic areas around northern Arizona communities, and also reintroduce fire into the Ponderosa pine ecosystem to help restore ecological integrity.
The thinning of trees throughout the Coconino National Forest has produced piles of branches, which will be burned this week near Flagstaff and in the Stoneman Lake area which will produce smoke visible to surrounding residents and travelers.
Coconino National Forest fire managers are utilizing forest roads as natural boundaries to back burn around a lightning-caused wildfire and eventually contain the wildfire that is located approximately five miles northeast of Munds Park.
The Spur Fire began Friday (Oct. 28) about five miles northeast of Munds Park and is currently burning in an area with heavy forest fuels.
Based on current firefighter staffing and the expected fire behavior, burnout operations will be conducted today along Forest Road 132, FR 236 and FR 9487X roads to contain the Spur Fire and keep firefighters safe.
Fire managers with the Coconino National Forest continue to utilize lightning-caused wildfires to reduce forest fuels, while actively protecting values in the area such as power lines, communities, archaeological sites and sensitive habitats.
The current weather system has winds from a more northerly direction than usual. This change in wind is driving smoke to the lower areas in Northern Arizona. As the high pressure system increases, it is forecasted the predominant winds will return this weekend pushing the smoke predominantly southeast and northeast.
Fire managers with the Coconino National Forest (NF) continue to utilize three lightning-caused wildfires to reduce forest fuels, while actively protecting values in the area such as power lines, communities, archaeological sites and sensitive habitats.
The current weather system has winds from a more northerly direction than usual. This change in wind is driving smoke to the lower areas in Arizona. As the high pressure system increases, it is forecasted the predominant winds will return this weekend pushing the smoke east and northeast.