Coconino National Forest fire managers have planned several prescribed burns next week throughout the forest.
FLAGSTAFF RANGER DISTRICT:
Munds Park Project
When: Planned ignition will be Tuesday (April 10). Ignitions typically begin around 8 a.m.
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 Prescott National Forest is entering into Stage I Fire Restrictions on June 1st at 08:00 a.m. The following prohibitions will be in effect for all Prescott National Forest lands:
A closure order is now in effect for the area of the lightning-caused Snake Ridge Fire, which fire personnel are managing above the Mogollon Rim.
The area, approximately nine miles north of Clints Well, Ariz. (north of West Clear Creek) and west of Lake Mary Road (FH 3), is closed to protect public safety.
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.