Prescott National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
344 S Cortez St
Prescott, AZ 86303
Prescott, AZ, August 17, 2019 – The management of the Sheridan Fire has transitioned to the Arizona Central West Zone Type 3 Incident Management Team today. The fire continues to move steadily across the landscape in a remote and rural area south of the Camp Wood Road, and northwest of Willow Spring in the Sheridan Mountain area. There are no homes or structures threatened.
A fire area closure order is in effect over the Sheridan Fire area, limiting access south of the Camp Wood Road, with only areas to the North of Camp Wood Road remaining open. County roads on the perimeter of the closure remain open, all FS roads on the perimeter and interior FS will be closed.
Sheridan Fire Overview
Location: 23 miles Northwest of Prescott, AZ on the Chino Valley District (T16N, R6W, S16)
Start Date: August 5, 2019
Size: 3,700 acres
Percent Contained: 0%
Vegetation: Pinyon-Juniper, Grass and Brush
Resources: Approx. 60 personnel including: 3-Engines, 1-Water Tender, 1-Handcrew,1-Helicopter
Firefighters are continuing to use a helicopter and agency operated drones to monitor fire activity as access to the immediate fire area is limited mostly due to rough and rugged terrain. Area roads, trails, and natural barriers will be used as control features.
The Sheridan Fire is a lightning caused fire being monitored as it burns naturally across the landscape. This fire is being allowed to play its natural role within the fire-adapted Ponderosa pine ecosystem. There is a wide variety of vegetation densities on the fire which, along with terrain and weather, will influence fire behavior and effects. The desired result of the Sheridan Fire is a “mosaic” of fire effects. Under the right conditions, fire helps break down nutrients and minerals in plants and other debris such as old logs and dense undergrowth and restores them to the soil. The process also effectively reduces fire intensity in the case of future ignitions in the area as well.
Smoke from the Sheridan Fire will continued to be very visible from Prescott and the Tri-City area during mid-afternoon and into the evening hours, extending as far north of the general fire area relative to the predominant wind direction. Yesterday’s smoke was visible as far north as Ash Fork and Williams.
With smoke impacts continuing to be expected, we recommend that the public plan activities during the earlier part of the day. For sensitive groups we also recommend staying indoors with windows and doors closed and bringing pets inside.
Prescott Fire Information Phone: 928-925-1111
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