Fire managers for the North Kaibab Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest are tracking opportunities to pursue three prescribed fires at various locations across the district through the end of this month. Pending the appropriate fuel moistures and weather conditions, fire managers anticipate having an opportunity to begin burning in about one to two weeks and possibly continue into monsoon season.

Kaibab National Forest fire managers will be continuing work on the Reed Prescribed Fire project located on the Tusayan Ranger District approximately 3 miles northeast of the town of Tusayan beginning Thursday of this week. A 300 acre unit will be the first of several blocks to be ignited in the days ahead providing forest and weather conditions are conducive to achieving desired effects that meet land management objectives.

Fire managers plan to utilize an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to monitor, gather intelligence, and conduct burnout operations on the Maroon Fire in areas which are inaccessible or too hazardous for firefighters.

The Forest Service has experimented with UAS on incidents in the past, but the Maroon Fire incident management team will be the first to officially order and operate this specialized equipment on an active incident to meet operational objectives. 

Firefighting crews are planning to conduct burnout operations this evening as warmer, drier temperatures and lighter winds are forecast for the upcoming week.

Crews will begin conducting hand ignitions along Forest Service roads, which will allow firefighters to strengthen control lines and promote a low-intensity backing fire. Firing operations may continue throughout the week as weather conditions allow.


  • Approximately 10 miles southwest of Payson
  • Nearest town is Payson, Arizona

Start Date: Reported Thursday, May 16

Size:       2 acres

Cause:   Unknown

Summary:  The Maverick Fire is burning near Hells Hole in the Mazatzal Wilderness. 

It is creeping along the ground within the Willow Fire Scar. 

Smoke may be visible from State Highway 87 (Beeline Highway) and nearby areas. 

Coconino National Forest firefighters plan to begin a 2,000-acre prescribed burn beginning tomorrow morning several miles south of Stoneman Lake.

This burn, located approximately 3 miles south of Stoneman Lake, is part of a strategy to allow fire across the landscape in order to restore forests to healthier conditions. Frequent, low-intensity fire removes accumulated smaller fuels and recycles nutrients in the soils to promote healthy vegetation and wildlife habitat. A healthier forest is a safer forest for firefighters and residents when wildfires inevitably occur.


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