Today fire managers will likely conduct ignitions on both the Sitgreaves and McRae fires within the planning areas. Crews anticipate increased fire activity on the four fires being managed for resource benefits as they progress across the landscape.
Due to growth on the Duck and Sitgreaves fires, more resources, including two fire crews have arrived and are actively working the fires.
Crews anticipate conducting managed ignitions along FSR 76 as needed. Variable winds, precipitation, and management tactics can change the amount of visible smoke 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.
With drier conditions moving into the area, fire managers expect the three fires being managed for resource benefits on Kaibab National Forest (NF) to grow.
“To keep ahead of fire growth, we are planning several hundred acres of managed ignitions around critical areas and perimeters” says Assistant Fire Management Officer, Josh Miller.
Variable winds, precipitation, and management tactics can also change the amount of visible smoke each day. Crews consistently monitor smoke and try, when possible, to limit impacts to residents and communities.
Natural lightning caused fires have started across the forest with the return of significant monsoon activity to northern Arizona.
On both the Tusayan and Williams Ranger Districts, fire managers are taking advantage of good conditions to allow some of these natural fires to benefit the forest and surrounding communities.