Coconino National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1824 S. Thompson St.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
There will be a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) in place over the fire because of the helicopter activity in the area. It is critical the public does not fly drones or any manned and unmanned aircraft within the TRF as this poses a significant safety risk to aircraft personnel and will prohibit aerial operations.
Yesterday, crews held and secured control lines that were burned during Tuesday’s firing operations. Crews conducted Hazard tree mitigation along driving corridors for firefighter and public safety. No additional firing operations were conducted due to thunderstorms over the fire area.
There was minimal fire growth, and the Maroon fire is currently 1,100 acres.
Today, favorable weather conditions are anticipated which will allow for the continuation of burning operations. Fire personnel will utilize hand ignitions by crews on the ground, in coordination with aerial ignitions, to secure new control lines and continue to protect values at risk. Values at risk include private property, residential homes to the northeast, and infrastructure within the burn area. Aerial ignitions are being incorporated to minimize firefighter exposure to inaccessible areas and hazardous terrain.
The public can expect continued smoke impacts to the northeast side of the Maroon fire area, especially across Leupp road. The public is cautioned to drive with care through the fire area. Similar to previous burn operations, Forest Service roads may be temporarily closed. For public and firefighter safety, residents near Moon Crater and forest visitors will be notified and redirected during ignition operations.