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Platypus Fire

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contact

Coconino National Forest
Phone: 928-527-3600

The Platypus Fire is a lightning caused fire discovered July 28, 2018.

Location: Approximately 4 miles northwest of Sedona in Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness more than 6 miles from the nearest trailhead. (Lat/Long: 34.94291, -111.8701)

Current size: 9 acres. Fire modeling indicates the fire is unlikely to grow large in size or pose a significant risk to communities or natural resources.

Resources: Lookouts and aircraft periodically monitor the fire as it’s needed because of the inaccessible to firefighters over the steep and rocky terrain.

Predicted smoke impacts: Smoke is visible from Sedona and the Verde Valley.

Current closures: None.

Recent and current operations: This fire is being monitored because it is in an extremely rugged area of the Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness at the edge of sheer cliffs. Any firefighter working in the area would be placed at significant risk, particularly if an injury required rapid transportation for medical care. Any suppression actions will only be taken if the fire spreads into areas of concern.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginSunday July 29th, 2018 approx. 10:45 AM
Incident DescriptionWildfire In The Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness Became Active Again On Friday.
Coordinates34.943 latitude, -111.87 longitude

Current Situation

Size750 Acres

Outlook

Remarks

Saturday may include burnout around Secret Cabin dependent on weather and fire activity.

The Rhinoceros Fire, 330 acres, is two miles to the north. Both fires' objectives are full suppression. This fire is in monitor status because it's location in extremely rugged area of the Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness at the edge of sheer cliffs. Any firefighter working in the area would be placed at significant risk, particularly if an injury required rapid transportation for medical care. Any suppression actions will only be taken if the fire spreads into areas of concern.