Coconino National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1824 S. Thompson St.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., May 22, 2019 – Fire managers with the Coconino National Forest are making use of a lightning-caused fire to benefit the landscape and maintain a healthy ecosystem by allowing the fire to fulfill its natural role and consume forest debris.
The 26-acre Maroon Fire is approximately 3 miles north of Leupp Road and 7 miles east of U.S. Highway 89 in an area consisting of cinders, pine, juniper, grass and brush. The area includes a World War II artillery training area with unexploded ordnance (UXO) surrounding Maroon Crater, as well as public utilities infrastructure and homes several miles northeast of the fire.
Allowing the fire to move across the landscape and consume forest fuels will help protect vital infrastructure and homes in the area from severe wildfires. Additionally, the wildfire may benefit a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers operation planned for next year to remove UXO on Maroon Crater by burning grasses and forest fuels, exposing ordnance that would have otherwise not been visible.
Firefighter safety is a priority, so firefighters will not be entering a 565-acre area of Maroon Crater that contains UXO.
This fire, as with any wildfire, does not have a planned end date, but firefighters are restricting fire activity to a 14,700-acre planning area where the fire may run its natural course. This does not mean the fire will move across the entire planning area, as specific edges of a fire may be suppressed to protect public safety, private property, cultural sites, major transmission power lines, trailheads, dispersed camping sites, and more. Additionally, some areas may not naturally burn, and precipitation may extinguish the Maroon Fire at any time, which would bring the fire to a conclusion.
Information on the Maroon Fire and other incidents across the nation can be found online at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. Quick updates of notable fire activity and smoke impacts will also be provided via Coconino National Forest’s social media sites, to include the Forest's Twitter and Facebook sites.
MAROON FIRE OVERVIEW