Fire advisory for Kaibab National Forest; community meeting

Firefighters put in drag and hand line in preparation for future firing operations on the Sitgreaves Complex near Parks, Arizona, circa July 23, 2014 | Photo by Holly Krake, courtesy of U.S. Forest Service, St. George News

WILLIAMS, Arizona – Active-managed ignitions continue on all three fires across the Kaibab National Forest Wednesday. These ignitions are to strengthen existing road perimeters and keep fire progressing within the planning areas. Smoke impacts will continue to vary each day.

Officially termed “beneficial resource fires,” forest service officials said these managed fires help accomplish multiple objectives considered beneficial for the area. These objectives include reducing accumulated forest litter and fuels, maintaining fire in a fire-adapted ecosystem, increasing firefighter and public safety, and protecting cultural resources and wildlife habitat.

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Current fires in the Kaibab National Forest

Williams Ranger District: Currently 1,960 acres in size, the Sitgreaves Complex is located approximately 5 miles northwest of Parks, Arizona. Fire continues to move down slope and to the west. Aerial ignitions may continue along the north side of the mountain as needed. Some moderate fire intensity, including tree torching, is helping to reduce tree density and improve openings for future Aspen regeneration.

A community meeting for the greater Parks, Arizona-area has been scheduled for Wednesday. July 23, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. at the Maine School Gymnasium.

A closure order has also been placed for the northern section of the planning area for firefighter and public safety.

Tusayan Ranger District: Currently 2,700 acres in size, the McRae Fire is located approximately 5 miles southeast of Tusayan, Arizona. Yesterday as a wind shift moved smoke towards the town of Tusayan, crews stopped all ignitions. Today crews are planning more managed ignitions as needed within the planning area. Smoke may become highly visible from Highway 64.

North Kaibab Ranger District: Currently 112 acres in size, the Quaking Fire is located approximately 40 miles southeast of Fredonia, Arizona. Today crews are planning managed ignitions as needed along Forest Service Road 271. Smoke is visible from the Rainbow Rim Trailhead and Highway 67.

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