Two lightning-caused fires burning on the Coconino National Forest are currently being managed for forest resource benefits.
Officials say the fires are re-introducing fire into the ecosystem, reducing heavy fuels, enhancing wildlife habitat and recycling nutrients back into the soil.
The Weir Fire, burning about one mile north of Stoneman Lake, is now estimated at 300 acres. The low-intensity fire continues to burn in the ponderosa pine understory and is being managed for natural resource benefits. Smoke may be visible east of Interstate 17 and from the Verde Valley.
Fire managers conducted a low-intensity burnout Sunday in an area with heavy fuel. Due to the heavy fuels, this area will smoke for several days. Crew may start another burnout Monday to connect into a fire line on the west side of the fire.
No structures or developed recreation areas are threatened.
The Weir Fire was ignited August 16 and is burning within the Rattlesnake
Quiet Area. Public access around the fire area is limited over the next several weeks. A temporary closure is in effect on 9240D road for firefighter and public safety. The road is posted from Forest Road 665 road east to Forest Road 239.
The Ranger Complex includes the Ranger Fire and Bravo Fires, which ignited
in mid-July near Blue Ridge/C.C. Cragin Reservoir.
The complex has grown to 2,100 acres. With higher humidity and rain earlier this week, fire activity has slowed.
With warmer, drier weather, fire activity will pick up and smoke may have an impact within the subdivisions at Blue Ridge and along State Highway 87.
Prescribed burns are planned next week adjacent to the Ranger Fire. If smoke gets too heavy or fire crew staffing is not available, the prescribed fire will be postponed.