Coconino National Forest leadership has issued a temporary closure order for public safety for the Coldwater Fire area where interior pockets of unburned fuel will continue to have fire activity.
The temporary closure could be rescinded before the Sept. 1 expiration date if conditions warrant it. The closure was issued to ensure visitors to the forest are kept out of harm’s way as pockets of unburned forest fuels are scattered throughout the interior of the fire's perimeter.
Fire managers will be conducting slash pile burns Thursday (Nov. 29) and Friday (Nov. 30) near Clints Well and Flagstaff.
Mogollon Rim Ranger District firefighters are planning to burn slash piles both Thursday and Friday near the intersection of state Routes 87 and 260 southwest of Clints Well. Smoke may be noticeable from these machine piles as wind speed decreases. Smoke will settle during evening hours in the West Clear Creek Wilderness and impact low lying areas near the burn site.
State Route 87 has reopened about 30 miles south of Winslow after the Tinder Fire had forced a 22-mile segment of the highway to close, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. SR 87 had been closed from milepost 290 at Clints Well to milepost 312, two miles north of the Elks Park Picnic Grounds.
Drivers should still use caution as firefighting operations continue in the area.
Fire managers are planning to conduct a 450- and a 500-acre prescribed burn next week at the Blue Ridge Urban Interface project and at the Victorine project the day of each operation is dependent on the local weather and wind conditions.
Fire managers with the Coconino National Forest are utilizing the lightning-caused Eden Fire in the area northeast of Clints Well, Arizona to benefit the landscape and maintain a healthy ecosystem by allowing fire to fulfill its natural role in the environment. The forest thrives on fires such as these that are low severity and creep across the forest floor.