Prescott National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
344 S Cortez St
Prescott, AZ 86303
Prescott NF Fire Information
Hours: S-S 9 am - 5 pm
Fire Area Closure Important for Firefighter and Public Safety
Prescott, AZ, August 19, 2019 – The fire area closure order that is in effect over the Sheridan Fire area is extremely important for firefighter and public safety. Firefighters and forest officials have been working closely with area permittees for access as needed, but we continue to see non-authorized individuals in the closure area. County Road 68, also known as the Camp Wood Road, acts as the northern boundary to the closure and remains open to local traffic at this time. Areas south of the Camp Wood Road within the Forest boundary is closed, while areas to the north of Camp Wood Road remain open. County roads on the perimeter of the closure remain open. A map and detailed description of the closure area is available on Inciweb and on the Prescott National Forest website.
Sheridan Fire Overview
Location: 23 miles Northwest of Prescott, AZ on the Chino Valley District (T16N, R6W, S16)
Start Date: August 5, 2019
Size: 2,380 acres [more accurate mapping from drones and infrared aircraft]
Percent Contained: 0%
Vegetation: Pinyon-Juniper, Grass and Brush
Resources: Approx. 80 personnel including: 3-Engines, 1-Water Tender, 1-Handcrew, 1-Helicopter, 1 – Hotshot crew
The fire continues to move steadily across the landscape in a remote and rural area south of the Camp Wood Road, and northwest of Willow Spring in the Sheridan Mountain area. There are no homes or structures threatened.
We are asking everyone to use caution as they continue to use the Camp Wood Road, as firefighters and multiple fire resources are working in the area. Area roads, trails, and natural barriers will be used as control features. Masticators will begin working along the Camp Wood Road and in select areas to clear vegetation to enhance the effectiveness of control features. Firefighters are continuing to use a helicopter and agency operated drones to monitor fire activity as access to the immediate fire area is limited mostly due to rough and rugged terrain.
The Sheridan Fire is a lightning caused fire being monitored as it burns naturally across the landscape. This fire is being allowed to play its natural role within the fire-adapted ecosystem. There is a wide variety of vegetation densities on the fire which, along with terrain and weather, will influence fire behavior and effects. Under the right conditions, fire helps break down nutrients and minerals in plants and other debris such as old logs and dense undergrowth and restores them to the soil. The process also effectively reduces fire intensity in the case of future ignitions in the area as well.
Smoke from the Sheridan Fire will continued to be visible from Prescott and the Tri-City area during mid-afternoon and into the evening hours, extending as far north of the general fire area relative to the predominant wind direction.
With smoke impacts continuing to be expected, we recommend that the public plan activities during the earlier part of the day. For those more sensitive to smoke, we also recommend staying indoors with windows and doors closed and bringing pets inside.
Prescott Fire Information Phone: 928-925-1111
Prescott National Forest – Fire Closure Order & Map: https://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott
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