July 30, 2014
This shows a low-severity fire burning off fuels on the ground.
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Belknap Fire Continues Growing, Benefiting Forest Health
The lightning-caused Belknap Fire that is being managed to improve forest health on the Tusayan Ranger District has grown to 1,156 acres, reaching close to half of what fire managers expect to be its final size.
Cres set 90 acres of backfires
Yesterday crews reported active fire behavior in the south and southwest areas near Bald Mountain. This fire behavior was the result of growth from the heat and embers that remained during periods of higher moisture. Due to this resumed activity, crews conducted approximately 90 acres of managed ignitions along FSR 74 to help protect cultural sites within the planning area.
Low-intensity fire now near 11,000 acres
The Sitgreaves Complex is continuing to cycle through a natural ‘rev and idle’ growth pattern as conditions shift from dry to wet and back again. While recent rains have slowed new fire growth, heat remains throughout the fire interior due to the large amount of hazardous fuel and forest litter that has accumulated in the past 98 years across much of the area. Additionally, large fuels like a fallen tree, can hold heat and embers for many weeks. “While the fire may look ‘out’ during times of high moisture, those hot embers become active fire again once drier conditions return” said Fire Management Officer, James Pettit.
Firefighters also restart fire near Flagstaff
Prior to the afternoon rains, crews made progress with ignition operations on the Bar M Fire yesterday, securing perimeters and maintaining moderate behavior. They initiated fire at the top of a hill in the fire’s path to force flames to crawl down slowly and prevent the main fire from running too quickly upslope. Crews also utilized burnout operations to reinforce control roads on the southern perimeter.
Fire near Flagstaff flares, but more rain expected
With recent drier conditions, activity on Bar M Fire has increased. Yesterday crews conducted burnout operations to secure the northwestern perimeter, and plan to complete all necessary burnout operations in the next several days, securing the interior and southern portions of the fire. They expect the fire to grow approximately 1,200 acres by the weekend.
Lightning caused Browns Fire managed for resource benefit Fire grows to 275 acres
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.
Widespread rain has temporarily stalled the growth of the four lightning-caused fires that are being managed to improve forest health on the Kaibab National Forest and on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park. Fire managers expect that the four fires, which have been burning since earlier this month, will continue growing and benefiting the ecosystem as drier conditions return to northern Arizona over the next few days.