With the recent rain, fire activity on the 600-acre Ranger Fire has slowed considerably. The fire will continue to burn, but at this time no more management ignitions are planned, smoke within the Blue Ridge area has reduced and should remain low.
On Tuesday, fire personnel continued hazard mitigation of snags, burning stump holes and debris in drainage ditches along Forest Road 751 and around Rock Crossing Campground.
Fire managers were able to release the Flagstaff Hotshots and two engines Monday. On Tuesday two engines, one patrol boat and miscellaneous overhead were still assigned to the fire.
Access to Blue Ridge Reservoir, along Forest Road 751, will be re-opened on Thursday. The only available access in the area will be Rock Crossing Campground and the boat ramp at the reservoir.
Due to public safety, fire managers ask that no one stop along the road and get out of their vehicles. All dispersed camping areas will remain closed and Rock Crossing Trail and a portion of the Arizona Trail will continue to remain closed.
For those boating on the reservoir, there is a portion still closed. A patrol boat and buoys identify the closed area.