Smoke increases on Burnt Complex fire

Low intensity Burnt Fire consuming pine litter, July 7, 2015. Kaibab National Forest | Photo by Brandon Allen, St. George News

FREDONIA, Ariz. — Smoke on the Burnt Complex fire increased Wednesday, crossing portions of the North Kaibab Ranger District’s Forest Service Road 22 and Arizona Highway 67 due to burning operations along the wildfire’s southern perimeter boundary. Thursday, fire crews will continue to monitor and clean up the fire’s perimeter edge and begin demobilizing as early as Thursday evening.

Local weather for the Kaibab Plateau calls for another warm day Thursday with an anticipated 20 percent chance of precipitation. Moisture is expected to slowly increase throughout the day to an expected 60 percent chance of precipitation by evening and continue through Friday.

The Burnt Complex, which is made up of the Burnt Fire, discovered July 5, and the Corral Fire, discovered July 9, was started by lightning.

The established 3,915-acre planning area is bound by Forest Service Road 228 on the north, FSR 274 on the south and west and FSR 22 on the east.

Light amounts of smoke were visible Wednesday from portions of FSR 22, U.S. Highway 67 and throughout portions of the district near the planning area.

The committed resources are: one Type II Wildland Fire Module, three Type 6 engines, 17 wildland firefighters, five overhead; 22 personnel total.

Currently no road or trail closures are in effect or anticipated; however, hazard signs are posted and motorists should exercise caution when around traveling near the planning area boundary.

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