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Snake Ridge Fire

Unit Information

Coconino National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1824 S. Thompson St.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

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Fire coverage map showing the closed area around the Snake Ridge Fire (June 5, 2017)Image options: [ Full Size ]

Fire personnel were managing a lightning-caused wildfire above Mogollon Rim, allowing it to fulfill its natural role and move across the landscape consuming dead and downed wood, pine needles and forest fuels.

The Snake Ridge Fire was called in by Baker Butte Lookout on Friday, May 19, 2017 and is located in a remote area approximately nine miles northwest of Clints Well, Arizona. This wildfire is not a prescribed burn, but fire personnel occasionally conducted burnout operations in specific areas to keep the fire from moving beyond certain boundaries and help direct where and how the fire moves through the landscape.

The forest thrives on fires such as these that are low severity and move across the forest floor. They reduce fuels and the risk of severe wildfire, create safer conditions for residents, the public and firefighters, and also restore wildlife habitat by stimulating understory vegetation growth.

The objectives fire managers worked to achieve were:

  • Ensure the safety of all incident personnel.
  • Protect the public in the immediate fire area.
  • Protect infrastructure, including Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) powerlines, Ecological Restoration Institute (ERI) fire history plots, Yavapai precipitation gauge, and Buck Butte Pit.
  • Prevent fire from entering private lands, or coordinate with Arizona State for agreements to burn through private lands.
  • Enhance or maintain a healthy ecosystem by reintroducing natural fire back into the forest. There is a need to reduce hazardous fuel loading and reduce the potential for uncharacteristic fire.
  • Address smoke management concerns and document occurrences of smoke impacts whenever possible and economically feasible.
    • Provide advance notice of potential smoke impacts (Happy Jack, Blue Ridge, Camp Verde, Winslow).
    • Minimize prolonged smoke impacts to firefighters, communities, and highways.
  • Minimize undesirable fire effects to range forage.
  • Protect cultural resources and structural range improvements. Survey in advance of any dozerline construction.
  • Coordinate with special use permittee to develop an alternative location for cart pull activities.
  • Prevent fire from entering sensitive wildlife areas identified in the 4FRI monitoring plans. Minimize habitat and disturbance effects from fire and suppression activities to sensitive wildlife and their habitats.

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Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginFriday May 19th, 2017 approx. 03:02 PM
LocationNine miles northwest of Clints Well, and 10 miles southwest of Happy Jack, Arizona
Incident CommanderCory Ball, Jacob Kjosa (T)
Incident DescriptionType 4 Incident
Coordinates34.602 latitude, -111.457 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel20
Size15,333 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

Dead and down wood, pine needles and forest fuels.



Closure will be lifted Friday, June 23 at 8AM.

Coverage acreage based on GIS mapping analysis June 4.