Sycamore Fire Continues Burning Dead And Down Fuels Near Alpine

Fire grows to 2,000 acres but damp conditions turn it into a benefit

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The Forest Service is monitoring the 2,000-acre Sycamore Fire near Valley within the Blue Primitive Area while letting it burn through downed wood and brush and saplings. The fire in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests’ (ASNFs) Clifton Ranger District started last week and continues to produce smoke visible from US Highways 180/191 and the communities in the area, including the town of Alpine.

“We are achieving our objective of allowing the fire to move across the landscape burning a lot of dead and down fuels. The fire is moving south staying on the ground with no crowning at this time. With potential rain activity expected this week it will help in keeping the fire from growing rapidly,” according to Justin Thompson, Clifton Fire Management Officer.

The National Weather Service is calling for 50 percent chance of show and thunderstorms today. Partly

sunny, with a temperature falling to around 69 degrees by 5 pm. Light south southeast wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Tonight 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy with a low around 52 degrees and south wind 5 to 8 mph.

For additional recorded information regarding the Sycamore Fire can be found at www.311info.net and by calling 311 or 928-333-3412.

In addition, the ASNFs have lifted all fire restrictions on all five ranger districts as of July 8 at 8 a.m. Also, fire restrictions have been lifted in Greenlee, Apache, Navajo and Coconino Counties.

For updated information, check these websites below:

www.311info.net or www.firerestrictions.us or www.fs.usda.gov/asnf

The ASNFs receive large rain events this time of year. For more information on road/trail conditions, contact one of the five local district offices or the ASNFs Forest Supervisor’s Office at (928) 333-4301 or go to their website: http://www.fed.usa.gov/asnf. Forecast weather conditions can be found at the National Weather Service webpage http://www.nws.noaa.gov/. The ASNFs encourage any visitors to the area to call or stop any of their five Ranger Stations in Clifton, Alpine, Springerville, Lakeside or Heber-Overgaard.

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