Burnt Complex Fire on Kaibab Plateau grows; firefighters hold, patrol perimeter

Burnt Complex Fire on the North Kaibab Ranger District, Arizona, July 18, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Kaibab National Forest, St. George News

FREDONIA, Ariz. — The Burnt Complex on the North Kaibab Ranger District increased in size today, reaching 1,135 acres, and continues to burn at a low-intensity and pace. Today’s current growth rate was one-quarter to one-half a chain per hour, a unit of measurement used in wildland firefighting. Lengths are noted by numbers of chains, and a chain equals 66 feet.

Fire icon indicates location of the fires | Map courtesy of Google Maps, St. George News | Click map to enlarge
Fire icon indicates location of the fire | Map courtesy of Google Maps, St. George News | Click map to enlarge

“The fire is behaving exactly the way we want it to,” Incident Commander Dave Veater said. Tomorrow’s operational plan is to monitor the interior of the planning area and continue to hold and patrol the perimeter.

The Burnt Complex is located on the Kaibab Plateau, 34 miles south of Fredonia, and continues to be managed to reduce accumulated fuels on the forest floor, recycle nutrients into the soil and protect the greater area from future high-intensity wildland fires.

The Burnt Fire was discovered July 5, and the Corral Fire July 9. Both fires are lightning caused and showing moderate behavior. They are fueled by pine, down woody debris, duff and litter (material on the forest floor consisting of decomposing needles and other natural materials).

The complex is bound by Forest Service Road 228 on the north, FSR 274 on the south and west and FSR 22 on the east.

The resources committed are two Type II Wildland Fire Modules, one Type-3 engine, two Type-4 engines, one Type-6 engine, one dozer, one Type-2 Initial Attack Crew, one Water Tender and 24 overhead, with 62 total personnel.

Currently no road or trail closures are in effect or anticipated; however, hazard signs are posted, and motorists should exercise caution.

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