Verde Valley

Travelers should prepare for and expect long delays and intermittent closures along state Route 87 from June 10-12 due the Coldwater Fire.
Firefighters working on the fire are planning to introduce low-intensity fire to areas adjacent to Route 87 between Route 260 and Lake Mary Road, beginning Monday. There will be intermittent highway closures to help ensure firefighter and public safety, so motorists should expect long delays.

With another snowstorm forecast Tuesday afternoon in Arizona’s high country, keep in mind that the safest option while snow falls is delaying travel until Arizona Department of Transportation snowplows have had time to clear state highways.

A highway can close suddenly due to crashes and fast-accumulating snow. During recent snowstorms, northbound Interstate 17 climbing out of the Verde Valley toward Flagstaff and a steep section of eastbound Interstate 40 at Ash Fork Hill, just west of Williams, have closed temporarily as conditions deteriorated.

The Horse Tank Fire was started by lightning on June 6, approximately six miles north of Strawberry, Ariz.

Fire Managers continue to utilize the lightning-caused Horse Tank Fire to restore the forest and reduce risk of severe fire. Over the next several days, expect smoke to increase as the fires continue to treat more of the landscape. The Horse Tank Fire is burning at a low severity across the forest floor reducing fuel accumulations and promoting forest health.

Air quality officials have updated the daily air quality report for the communities impacted by the Slide Fire

Weather observations around Sedona indicated that downslope winds were strong and persistent overnight Thursday into Friday morning, limiting smoke concentrations. These winds moved smoke away from the Flagstaff area into the upper Verde Valley and even briefly into Camp Verde.

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