Coconino National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1824 S. Thompson St.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., May 27, 2019 - A Type 3 Incident Management Team (IMT) has assumed management responsibilities of the Maroon Fire, which is currently 100 acres and had slight growth on Sunday due to gusty winds.
The fire is burning in a cinder basin east of Flagstaff, which is an area that experiences unique weather patterns. This geographic area historically has warmer and drier conditions due to the surrounding topography, which generally shelters it from most rain showers. The cinder basin's unique volcanic soils and vegetation allows water to drain easily and dry out quickly. Due to its unique conditions, the Maroon Fire has continued to grow slowly in spite of the recent rainy weather experienced in Flagstaff.
Firefighter and public safety remains the number one priority of the IMT. The fire planning area is located east of the Cinder Hills OHV Area, and smoke will be visible to those recreating in the area. The public is cautioned to reduce their vehicle speeds when traveling near the fire area, for their safety and for the safety of fire personnel working in the area.
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