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Whiskey Fire

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

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Whiskey Fire Public Information
Phone: 928-275-1564
Hours: Monday-Sunday 0700-2000

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09/17/2019 Whiskey Fire Update 9-17-2019
Whiskey Fire Update FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., Sept. 17, 2019 – The lightning-caused Whiskey fire is burning approximately 8 miles east of Turkey Butte Lookout. The fire is...
News - 09/17/2019
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September 17, 2019: Daily Update | Map

Current Situation: (as of 7:00 a.m.)

The lighting-caused Whiskey Fire is burning 8 miles northeast of Turkey Butte Lookout within the Slide Fire footprint from 2014. Fire managers on the Coconino National Forest will allow the fire to move naturally across the landscape consuming excess fuels on the forest floor in order to reduce the risk of severe wildfires in the future. The fire will also rejuvenate forest health and restore wildlife habitat by stimulating new vegetation growth. The area has recently received a significant amount of monsoon moisture, creating excellent conditions for allowing the wildfire to burn at low to moderate intensity. The 3,900-acre fire is 16 percent contained and is being managed by a local Type 3 Incident Management Team.

Today fire personnel plan to conduct a small test fire that will help determine if conditions will be right for a large firing operation on Wednesday and Thursday. This operation is important to secure control lines and keep the fire within its containment area. This firing operation is expected to produce a significant amount of smoke in the area for several days after.

Smoke is expected to spread to the north over the next several days following a more seasonal southwest wind pattern. Smoke may affect areas including Flagstaff, Munds Park, Mountainaire, Kachina Village, Forest Highlands, Doney Park, Mormon Lake Village, Highway 89A Corridor, Sedona, Village of Oak Creek and portions of Interstate 40.

Forest Road 538 will be closed at the intersection of FR 527 and 538 all the way south to the intersection of FR 538E. The closure may last several days in efforts to provide for firefighter and public safety. However, the closure could last longer if necessary to safely continue vital operations. Persons planning to travel in this area should expect delays and use the alternate routes.

Forest users are advised to use caution when entering the proposed fire area. Firefighting vehicles and firefighters are present on roadways and smoke may reduce visibility. Please reduce speed and remain alert. The Whiskey Fire will be active in the proposed fire area in the weeks to come. Due to safety concerns for the public and firefighters, setting up long term camps in the proposed fire area is discouraged while the Whiskey Fire is active.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginMonday September 02nd, 2019 approx. 05:30 PM
Location8 miles east of Turkey Butte Lookout and south of Casner Cabin Draw
Incident CommanderPreston Mercer, Josh Goldstein (T)
Incident DescriptionLightning-caused Wildfire Being Used For Multiple Objectives.
Coordinates35.044 latitude, -111.84 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel100
Size3,900 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained16%
Estimated Containment DateWednesday October 16th, 2019 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

timber, grass and litter

Significant Events





Planned Actions

Continuation of road preparations in anticipation of ignition operations Wednesday and Thursday.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Fire will be allowed to back through drainages and canyons to reduce fire intensities.

24 Hours: Fire managers will access conditions and begin burning operations if conditions allow.

48 hours: Fire managers will access conditions and resume burning operations if conditions allow. Fire will be allowed to back through drainages and canyons to reduce fire intensities.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

A drier air mass moves in today with only a very slight chance of showers. Winds will generally be from the south to southwest both day and night.