Turkey Butte

The Saber Fire produced minimal smoke Tuesday as it grew to 75 acres while it continued to move slowly across the landscape within the 2009 Taylor Fire burn scar. 
Fire managers are pleased with the observed fire effects. The Saber Fire is consuming and eliminating hazardous dead and down forest fuels left behind from the Taylor Fire. Hazardous fuels include snags, fallen trees and thick brush. Reduction of these excess fuels will reduce to the likelihood of severe wildfires moving through the area in the future.

Fire managers on the Coconino National Forest are utilizing a lightning-caused wildfire, located approximately 10 miles northwest of Sedona, near Turkey Butte, to achieve multiple objectives.

The Echo Fire is burning at a low intensity, consuming dead forest branches, logs, leaves and pine needles. The fire is producing minimal smoke. However, it may become more active throughout the next week and grow in size, as it will be managed by the Forest Service to allow the fire to fulfill its natural role in the ecosystem.

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