Posted: 7/29/2014 - 6:50 pm
The lightning caused Browns fire was reported July 26, at 2:15 p.m. It is burning on the north side of Browns Peak in the Four Peaks Wilderness Area, 10 miles south of Tonto Basin.
The fire is being managed for resource benefit and is expected to grow to 100 acres by Wednesday morning. It is burning in chaparral brush and pinyon-juniper fuel types.
The ridge formed by Four Peaks divides the Mesa and Tonto Basin Ranger Districts. Fire activity has been low and the fire is backing down both sides of the ridge consuming dead and down fuels left from the 1996 Lone fire. Fire activity and smoke may increase due to a drying trend through the end of the week. Fire crews continue...
Posted: 7/29/2014 - 1:33 pm
Prescott National Forest firefighters have been active in locating and suppressing several small lightning fires across the forest this past weekend. Fire officials are managing a few of these fires for resource benefit. This allows the fire to have positive effects on the landscape by reducing fuels and to promote healthy soils for vegetation grown and wildlife habitat. Crews will use various tactics to ensure the fires moves through the landscape at appropriate intensities and within pre-determined boundaries.
Perkinsville Fire: Currently 75 acres in size, the Perkinsville Fire was reported on Sunday, July 27...
Posted: 7/29/2014 - 12:40 pm
The lightning-ignited Deer Head Fire, named for nearby Deer Head Spring, is burning in the Rincon Mountains of Saguaro National Park. Yesterday’s helicopter GPS survey update indicates it has grown to 550 acres. Fire behavior was light yesterday, due to high humidity and cool overnight temperatures. Rainfall at the fire has been minimal with no precipitation recorded yesterday. Today and tomorrow the weather forecast calls for lower humidity and increased temperatures. These conditions are expected to lead to increased fire activity.
Firefighters will conduct additional burnouts today to provide safety zones for firefighters and protect Manning Camp cabin. These actions, along with...
Posted: 7/29/2014 - 12:22 pm
The lightning-caused Sycamore Fire, which started July 17, is currently estimated at 3,500 acres.
The management objective is to permit lightning-caused fires to play, as nearly as possible, their natural ecological role. Smoke may be visible from US Highway 180 from the Sycamore Fire located near Bear Valley (Township 2 N, Range 31 E, Section 15) within the Blue Primitive Area located on the Clifton Ranger District.
The recent monsoonal moisture is working to help extinguish areas of the Sycamore Fire and is expected to continue through the week.
The fire to the north has worked into burn scars and has crossed Forest Service Trail 54. The fire has backed east to the 55...
Posted: 7/29/2014 - 11:33 am
With the return of monsoonal precipitation to all fires, growth and activity have slowed. Crews continue to monitor the fires and complete preparation work ahead of drier conditions forecasted to return mid-week.
Smoke will be much lighter today and tonight. Fire managers continue to coordinate with neighboring forests, national parks, municipal fire departments, and the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality to monitor smoke impacts.