Coconino National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1824 S. Thompson St.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
The Maroon Fire is currently 7,000 acres and 20% contained. On Sunday crews conducted ground ignitions in tandem with aerial ignitions to establish new containment lines on the southern boundary and clean up large pockets of unburned fuel within the interior of the Maroon Fire. Firefighters successfully held newly and previously established control lines keeping fire activity contained within predetermined boundaries.
Fire managers make carefully calculated plans and decisions about how to manage wildfires based on incident objectives and weather conditions. Providing for firefighter and public safety is the first and most important incident objective for the Maroon Fire. Protecting values at risk such as private property and infrastructure, including public travel routes, is the second incident objective.
Maroon Fire managers are pioneering the use of a UAS on an active fire incident. Today the UAS is being utilized to monitor the fire perimeter, generate maps and conduct firing operations over the unexploded ordinance area (UXO). Use of the UAS for monitoring reduces risk to firefighters by keeping them out the dangerous UXO 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.