Kaibab National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
800 S 6th St
Williams, AZ 86046
Fredonia, Ariz., Aug. 2, 2017 — For Immediate Release. Firefighters observed an increased amount of backing and flanking fire behavior along ridgelines yesterday as the lightning-caused Pine Hollow wildfire increased to an estimated size of 1,600 acres.
“Backing and flanking typically equates to less intense fire behavior,” said Type-4 Incident Commander Paul Lemmon. “With less extreme fire behavior there is usually less fire growth, less torching and fire consumption is more focused on ground fuels like the heavies, pine litter and duff. Fire behavior is more intense on the ground and less so in the canopy, which helps us meet one of our management objectives for this wildfire; to use fire to thin ponderosa pine regeneration and reduce surface fuel loads to approximately 5 tons-per-acre.”