Ranger Fire Burns On Near Blue Ridge

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The 120-acre Ranger Fire is still burning the Blue Ridge Reservoir.

Smoke from the lightning caused fire is visible from Highway 87, Clints Well, the Mogollon Rim and Mormon Lake, the Coconino National Forest reported Friday.

The Ranger Fire was first reported on July 17.

“Due to all of the recent moisture received over the past few weeks, there has been minimal activity on the fire since it was reported. While rain showers have subsided, the fire has become active again and is now 120 acres,” according to a press release from the forest service.

As of Thursday, the fire was 3/10 of a mile from Rock Crossing Campground and 2/10 of a mile from the Rock Crossing trailhead.

Both Rock Crossing Trail and a portion of the Arizona Trail, from the 123A and 123 junction north to Forest Road 751B are closed for public safety.

Depending upon weather conditions fire managers will be conducting protection measures including management ignitions to protect Rock Crossing Campground.

A closure order will go into effect just before these ignitions take place. The closure area would include Forest Road 751 from Highway 87 to Blue Ridge Reservoir, and will remain in effect until fire managers feel it is safe for the public to return to the area.

The fire is burning in ground litter with a heavy accumulation of logs on the forest floor. With the amount of fuels within the fire area, and the dense growth conditions, the fire will produce a large amount of smoke at times. Residents within the Blue Ridge area should expect heavier smoke in the evening and early morning hours; this smoke should lift by mid-morning.

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