Coconino National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1824 S. Thompson St.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Increased smoke from the Maroon Fire visible today
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., June 02, 2019 – The public can expect to see an increase in smoke from the Maroon Fire today, due to breezy conditions and continued firing operations. Aerial ignitions will be conducted by helicopter and the unmanned aircraft system (UAS), in coordination with crews on the ground. The Maroon Fire is currently 5,000 acres and 10% contained.
Burn operations will secure the fire perimeter by eliminating forest fuels, which allows fire managers to control the direction of fire spread and protect values at risk from a catastrophic wildfire. Priority values at risk for the Maroon Fire include private property and homes and the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) powerlines. The WAPA powerlines are critical infrastructure as they provide electricity to the greater Phoenix metropolitan area.
Please use extra caution and reduce speed when driving on Leupp Road or any time visibility is impacted by smoke. Forest Service roads around the fire perimeter may be temporarily closed during firing operations. Smoke may be visible from tribal lands, Leupp Road, Interstate 40, and the City of Flagstaff.