Coconino National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1824 S. Thompson St.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Whiskey Fire Public Information
Hours: Monday-Sunday 0700-2000
Turkey Butte, Ariz., September 7, 2019 – The lightning-caused Whiskey Fire is burning approximately eight miles west of the Turkey Butte Lookout within the footprint of the Slide Fire, which burned in 2014. The fire is approximately 30 acres.
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. Updates concerning closures, notable fire activity and smoke impacts are available on the Coconino National Forest’s Twitter and Facebook sites, and the Forest’s website at www.coconinonationalforest.us.
This naturally ignited fire is being used to slowly consume the understory and forest debris, which clears out the forest floor fuels and reduces the risk of a more severe high-intensity wildfire later. The Ponderosa Pine forest thrives on fires such as these that are low severity and creep across the forest floor. They reduce fuels including ladder fuels like small trees in the understory and doghair thickets of young small-diameter trees, and the risk of severe wildfire, create safer conditions for residents, the public and firefighters, and also restore wildlife habitat by stimulating understory 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. Firefighters will be keeping a close eye on the fire over the weekend, while they continue to assess the landscape for good holding features which are used to contain the fire to a specific area, or a planned management boundary.
Fire crews will conduct burn operations to protect sensitive areas and ensure the wildfire stays within the planned management boundary and meets incident objectives. Smoke impacts from burnout operations should be light to moderate. Fire managers will closely monitor smoke impacts to communities. The greatest impacts will be during the early morning hours from midnight to 3 a.m. and should improve by mid-morning.