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Fire managers on the south zone of the Kaibab National Forest will continue ignitions on the Sunflower Prescribed Fire Project through the weekend ahead as forest conditions remain favorable. Over the past three days, 3731 acres have been treated with an additional 2100 acre unit scheduled to be ignited on Saturday, and a 1000 acre block on Sunday. 



During the remaining firing operations this week campers and hunters are asked to avoid establishing campsites near the fire activity and seek alternative sites away from the burn area.

Fire activity increased due to lower relative humidity and increased winds mid-afternoon yesterday. Meanwhile, firefighters completed firing operations on the western flank of the main fire along Forest Road 2599 and south to FR 610. 

Today firefighters plan to conduct firing operations on an as-needed basis only and install dozer line off FR D2441. This dozer line will help firefighters reinforce the western flank in the event that increased fire behavior pushes the main fire westward toward FR219. 

Cat Fire Overview:

If conditions are favorable to do so, firefighters will continue to conduct burnout operations on the Cat Fire today that has burned approximately 4,497 acres in the rugged terrain of Saddle Mountain Wilderness in the North Kaibab Ranger District, Kaibab National Forest.

Incident Commander Kody Stoner said that crews were successful with their burnout on the fire’s west flank adjacent to Forest Road 2599 yesterday and plan to continue to burnout that western flank and work south toward Forest Road 610 today.

 

Although there has been change in overhead, Kody Stoner, the new incident commander on the Cat fire stated, “Not much change has occurred on the fire and activity remains low. There was no smoke visibility yesterday.” With showers expected to come in over higher terrain areas between Monday and Tuesday, fire activity will be very quiet.

Cat Fire Overview:

Date reported: August 6, 2018                                  Cause: Lightning

Moisture received yesterday on the Cat Fire moderated fire behavior and dampened light fuels, delaying planned burnout operations. If favorable conditions exist and it is safe to do so, crews plan to conduct burnout operations, introducing fire inside the control line to consume fuel between the edge of the fire and the control line along Forest Road 2599. This is done to secure the fire’s western edge and stop its growth toward critical infrastructure.

Cat Fire Overview:

The Platypus/Rhino Fire received moisture throughout the day yesterday, and fire behavior greatly diminished. 

With warm dry weather ahead, some potential for fire activity remains, especially near the southern edge of the original Rhino Fire where fingers of vegetation run through steep, rugged canyons.

Significant growth is not anticipated, but firefighters will continue to closely monitor the area.  If activity increases, some smoke would likely be noticeable from the Flagstaff and Sedona areas.

High humidity and chance of showers are forecasted for the region, possibly giving crews an opportunity to conduct burnout operations if winds and weather are conducive to safely doing so.

 

Cat Fire Overview:

Date reported: August 6, 2018                                  Cause: Lightning

Size: 4,491 acres                                                               Personnel: 35

Containment lines have successfully prevented the Platypus/Rhino Fire from moving forward to the north and east.  Crews will to continue patrolling and mopping up these areas.

Significant growth to the south is not anticipated, but there is still potential for fire to move along the southern edge of the original Rhino Fire through fingers of vegetation in steep, rugged canyons. Firefighters will be closely monitoring the area and may utilize helicopters to assist with suppression efforts should the need arise.     

*The Coconino National Forest and firefighters on the Platypus Fire were saddened to learn of the ATV accident on the Mogollon Rim this weekend that resulted in the loss of four lives.  Public information regarding the accident and the September Fire, burning on the Tonto and Coconino National Forests, is being handled through the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office and the Tonto National Forest.  We extend our deepest condolences to the victims’ families and loved ones, and are holding them in our hearts and prayers.*

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