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Platypus Fire

Unit Information

Coconino National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

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Incident Contact

Coconino National Forest
Phone: 928-527-3600

Highlighted Activity

09/19/2018 Platypus and Rhino Fires Containment Lines are Holding
Containment lines have successfully prevented the Platypus/Rhino Fire from moving forward to the north and east. Crews will to continue patrolling and mopping up these areas.Significant growth to the.
News - 09/19/2018
Vicinity map showing the two main fires and the recent burnout operations intended to stop the fires' northern and eastern progressImage options: [ Full Size ]

The Platypus Fire became well established in Secret Canyon yesterday, crossed to the north side of the canyon and moved through the brush very actively onto Dave Joy Point. It also continued to progress north in Secret Canyon towards the Taylor Fire scar. Night shift crews burned out FR539 west from Rattlesnake Mesa to the head of Secret Canyon to stay ahead of the fire moving north from Dave Joy Point. Today’s plan includes holding last night’s burnout, completing containment lines across the head of Secret Canyon, and securing the east end of the Rhino Fire near South Pocket Tank. The total combined acreage for the two fires is estimated at approximately 4,000 acres.

A type 3 helicopter arrived yesterday and type 2 helicopter will arrive today to support suppression efforts on the fires. Both helicopters will be operating out of Sedona Airport. With that, the Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) has been expanded to cover the dip site for water. The location of the TFR can be found on line at

Smoke production will be heavy over the next couple of days with the increased fire activity and burnout operations. Individuals sensitive to smoke can learn how to protect their health by visiting the Coconino County Public Health Service District website at

A total of 10 engines, 4 hand crews, 1 Bulldozer and miscellaneous overhead totaling approximately140 personnel assigned to the incident.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSunday July 29th, 2018 approx. 10:45 AM
LocationApproximately 6 miles northwest of Sedona, Arizona
Incident CommanderTrue Brown
Coordinates34.943 latitude, -111.87 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel140
Size5,812 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained30%


Planned Actions

Hold and secure roads, dozer line, and hand line, monitor fire behavior throughout, and utilize helicopters as needed to control fire intensity.


Objectives are full suppression. Fire is located in a rugged, inaccessible area of the Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness at the edge of sheer cliffs. Burnout operations will be conducted as needed to stop its north and east progression.