Coconino National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1824 S. Thompson St.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Public can expect to observe an increase of smoke from the Maroon Fire
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., May 31, 2019 – Prior to thunderstorm development, firefighters were successful with hand ignitions along the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) powerlines and along the underground gas lines near Leupp road. Firing operations in these areas helped in extending perimeter containment.
Firing operations will continue today with crews performing hand ignitions along the WAPA powerlines and along the pipeline. Hand ignitions will also continue along the perimeter of the fire while aerial ignitions will focus on interior areas to help ensure firefighter safety. Crews will continue to protect values at risk; private property, infrastructure within the burn area, and residential homes.
A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) over the fire remains in effect due to helicopter activity. It is critical the public doesn’t fly any drones or any other unmanned aircraft over the fire within the TFR as this poses a significant safety risk to aircraft personnel and will prohibit aerial operations.
The public will see more smoke in the air today and possibly through the weekend as firing operations continue. Forest Service roads 244A, 244B and other roads within the fire area will be temporarily closed during firing operations, especially along the WAPA powerlines, to minimize exposure to the public and to allow firefighters to focus on operations. Smoke will be visible from Leupp and tribal lands, visitors within the fire vicinity, travelers on Leupp road, and along Interstate 40. Smoke may also be visible from the City of Flagstaff.