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Kaibab NF North Zone Rx Fire

Unit Information

Kaibab National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
800 S. 6th St.
Williams, AZ 86046

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Smoke from Moquitch 1 and Moquitch 3 (Phase 2) prescribed fires as seen from Highway 89 coming from Page, AZ on Saturday. 6-22-2019. Courtesy photo taken and provided by Charlie Furgason.Image options: [ Full Size ]

FREDONIA, Ariz., June 20, 2019 — Firefighters worked diligently last week to complete firing operations on both Moquitch 3 (Phase 2), and Moquitch 1 prescribed fire units, successfully treating an estimated 3,500 acres.

Crews have now transitioned to holding operations only for both Moquitch units. This means that the firefighting personnel remaining on both units are assigned to ensure that the fire remains within the designated containment lines and suppress any fire that crosses those containment lines.

Additional crews will begin preparation work on the following units (please refer to June 20, 2019 news release for updates), but fire managers do not anticipate beginning ignitions on these units for several weeks or after monsoon season begins.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypePrescribed Fire
Date of OriginWednesday June 19th, 2019 approx. 09:00 AM
LocationSee attached fire update for specific locations on all prescribed burns. An updated map will be released once fire managers get closer to commencing operations.
Incident CommanderJustin Perkins, RXB2(T)
Incident DescriptionKaibab North Zone Rx Fire 2019
Coordinates36.567 latitude, -112.275 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel20
Size3,500 Acres
Fuels Involved

Moquitch 1 & 3: Both prescribed burn units consist of vegetation that is predominantly ponderosa pine with scattered clumps of aspen and patches of New Mexico locust.


Planned Actions

Resources continue to monitor and patrol all North Zone prescribed fire burn units, which include the following for the 2019 spring/summer prescribed fire season:

Tipover West Rx

Reservoir Rx

Tower Rx

Blowdown Rx

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Fire managers will remain cognizant of wind direction and ventilation with the intent to minimize smoke impacts to businesses and residences.

Fire officials recognize that impacts to air quality may be unpleasant at times; however, they can significantly reduce the amount and limit the duration of smoke more effectively using prescribed burning methods than can be done in an uncontrolled wildfire situation.