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Widespread rain has temporarily stalled the growth of the four lightning-caused fires that are being managed to improve forest health on the Kaibab National Forest and on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park.

Fire managers expect that the four fires, which have been burning since earlier this month, will continue growing and benefiting the ecosystem as drier conditions return to northern Arizona over the next few days.

With the return of monsoonal precipitation to all fires, growth and activity have slowed. Crews continue to monitor the fires and complete preparation work ahead of drier conditions forecasted to return mid-week.

Smoke will be much lighter today and tonight. Fire managers continue to coordinate with neighboring forests, national parks, municipal fire departments, and the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality to monitor smoke impacts.

Growth continued yesterday on all fires being managed for resource benefits with multiple objectives. Today crews continue to do preparation work ahead of managed ignitions and ignitions may occur on some fires. Fire managers continue to coordinate with neighboring forests, national parks, municipal fire departments, and the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality to monitor smoke impacts. For more information on smoke and air quality please visit www.azdeq.gov or www.wildlandfire.az.gov.

Yesterday, monsoonal winds pushed smoke into the Flagstaff, Sedona, and Verde Valley areas from the Sitgreaves Complex on the Kaibab National Forest near Parks, Ariz. With variable winds in the forecast, smoke is likely to drift toward these areas again for the next several days. Fire managers continue to coordinate with neighboring forests, national parks, municipal fire departments, and the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality to monitor smoke impacts.

Today crews will continue active managed ignitions on all three fires across the Kaibab National Forest (NF). These ignitions are to strengthen existing road perimeters and keep fire progressing within the planning areas.

Smoke impacts will continue to vary each day.

For more information on smoke and air quality please visit www.azdeq.gov or wildlandfire.az.gov.

Williams Ranger District:

Today crews will continue active managed ignitions on all three fires across the forest. These ignitions are to strengthen existing road perimeters and keep fire progressing within the planning areas. Crews on all fires are reporting good consumption of fuels, protection of archeological sites, and wildlife habitat benefits. Additionally, these fires help make local communities more resilient by reducing the threat of future high intensity wildfires.

Williams Ranger District:

This morning, Kaibab National Forest (NF) fire managers combined the Duck and Sitgreaves fires into the Sitgreaves Complex.

A "complex" is generally formed when two or more fires are managed within one planning area. Variable winds, precipitation, and management tactics can change the amount of smoke produced each day.

While varying monsoonal precipitation and winds are likely to change fire behavior and growth over the next several days, general fire behavior is anticipated to be low to moderate intensity.

Williams Ranger District:

Ignitions were successful yesterday on both the Sitgreaves and McRae fires.

Smoke impacts will continue to vary each day but should continue to lift during the day and settle locally overnight. Smoke impacts may increase during times of managed ignitions. Fire managers on the Kaibab National Forest (NF) are working in coordination with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, municipal fire departments, and neighboring forests to monitor smoke impacts.

Williams Ranger District

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