Fire managers are anticipating that there will be an opportunity this afternoon and perhaps over the next few days to ignite some of the still unburned fuels in the interior of the Sheridan Fire. These operations serve to improve the health and ecological function of the area and reduce the risk of high intensity fire for many years into the future. A variety of factors dictate when a window of opportunity may arise and how much smoke it could produce over the area.
The Sheridan Fire continues to burn through the brush and grass in a remote area north of Prescott. The fire has not expanded greatly over the past few days as slightly lower temperatures and increased humidity have moderated the fire’s behavior. Crews are continuing to reinforce containment features by burning the vegetation along roadways and other features identified as potential containment lines.
Location: 30 miles northwest of Prescott in Camp Wood (T17N, R6W, S26)
Start Date: July 10th
Size: Approximately 17,813 Acres
Percent Contained: 0
Vegetation: Chaparral and Ponderosa Pine
Resource Commitment: 30 personnel assigned - 1 Fuel Modules; 1-Type 3 Engine; 1-Type 3 Helicopter
The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted last week to proclaim May as Yavapai County’s Wildfire Community Preparedness Month. The proclamation highlights the unique risks posed by wildfire, and the preparedness measures citizens can take to mitigate the potential hazard.
Wildfires are never out of season, and now is the time to create defensible space around your home. Cut away vegetation 5 to 30 feet from all structures. Remove all debris and dead vegetation from roofs, decks, and the ground around your home.