Coconino National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1824 S. Thompson St.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., May 28, 2019 — With better than expected weather conditions, firefighters carried out an estimated 1,000 acres of successful burnout operations to reinforce control lines on the Maroon Fire.
Crews carried out hand ignitions along Forest Service roads making them control line for the fire’s perimeter. Firefighter crews observed the fire behavior which is achieving the desired fire effects after the ignitions were completed. Firefighters are hopeful weather conditions allow for continued ignitions throughout the rest of week.
Fire managers continue to implement safety measures to protect values at risk including private residences to the northeast and major transmission power lines to the west of the fire. Firing operations reduce forest fuels creating a buffer zone adding to the safety of private residences and power lines.
Buffer zones created by firing operations decrease the amount of readily available forest fuels that would otherwise be available to burn in the event of a catastrophic wildfire. The actions at the Maroon Fire are lessening the far-reaching effects of any future severe wildfire in this area.
When firing operations are initiated there is an increase in smoke output. He smoke will be visible from Leupp and other forest roads near the Maroon Fire planning area. At night and in the early mornings smoke will settle in the immediate vicinity. Motorists should reduce driving speeds on Leupp Road or anytime smoke impacts visibility.
Fire vehicles and personnel will be present on roadways, reduced rates of speed are essential by local motorists to protect the public and for firefighter safety.