Smoke impacts from Springs Fire lighten along I-40; trail closure remains

Image combines two photos: In the foreground, a firefighter does prep work for managed fire, in the background is a low intensity managed fire, Kaibab National Forest, Williams Ranger District, Arizona, on July 19 and 18, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Kaibab National Forest re Springs Fire, St. George News
Springs Fire. Map shows perimeter in Williams, Arizona, Aug. 2, 2015 | Map courtesy of USDA Forest Service, Kaibab National Forest - South Zone; St. George News
Springs Fire. Map shows perimeter in Williams, Arizona, Aug. 2, 2015 | Map courtesy of USDA Forest Service, Kaibab National Forest – South Zone; St. George News | Click on image to enlarge

WILLIAMS, Ariz.—Fire personnel were successful Thursday in directing fire spread in the northeastern portion of the 5,383-acre Springs Fire that began July 2 back into the old Mud and Cross Fire burn scars, west of Forest Road 147, on the south side of Summit Mountain. Fire managers also observed fire behavior to the south, along Forest Road 57, where containment lines are in place, protecting private lands.

Fire personnel will conduct patrols Friday along County Road 73/Perkinsville Road, or the “South Road,” in order to monitor and hold the fire to the west side of the road, as well as continuing to protect private lands and archeological sites. Friday’s preparations also include reinforcing Forest Road 57A and Rocky Ridge Road, which are designated perimeter roads.

Smoke impacts will likely begin to lighten along the Interstate 40 corridor today, due to monsoon weather conditions and fire movement into areas that have experienced fire in recent years, thus limiting intensity, effects and general smoke output. Smoke impacts in both Wild Horse and Sycamore Canyons will continue as the fire continues to move to the south toward Pine Flat.

The Summit Mountain Trail (No. 68) continues to be closed until Sept. 30 or until Closure Order 07-15-01-F is rescinded. The trail was closed July 30 due to the direct impact of the Springs Fire.

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