Kaibab National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
800 S. 6th St.
Williams, AZ 86046
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.
|Current as of|
|Incident Type||Prescribed Fire|
|Date of Origin||Wednesday June 19th, 2019 approx. 09:00 AM|
|Location||See 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 Commander||Justin Perkins, RXB2(T)|
|Incident Description||Kaibab North Zone Rx Fire 2019|
|Coordinates||36.567 latitude, -112.275 longitude|
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.
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
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.