Winter Fire 75 percent contained, continues to smolder

December 17th, 2018 at 2:12 PM

UPDATE: FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., Dec. 18, 2018, For Immediate Release — The Winter Fire, located in the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness approximately 15 miles northwest of Sedona, is currently 65 acres and approximately 75 percent contained.

The fire is crawling up the eastern slope of the canyon in an area that is steep and thick with brush, inaccessible to firefighters, and will be placed in monitor status. Firefighters will be checking the area daily.

There are no structures threatened and no official closures, but the public is advised to stay away from the area and not use Winter Cabin Trail, which runs through an area of the wildfire.

As this fire is continues to smolder and crawl, thick plumes of smoke may periodically be evident as interior pockets of oak and large brush burn. Sycamore Canyon will likely be impacted by smoke daily for a number of days and especially during the evening and morning hours.

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Coconino National Forest firefighters are responding to a wildfire in the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness approximately 15 miles northwest of Sedona, which was reported yesterday at 1:30 p.m.

The Winter Fire is currently estimated at about 50 acres with a moderate rate of spread and is burning on an eastern slope of the wilderness area 2 miles west of Turkey Butte Lookout.

An engine and several members of the Flagstaff Hotshots are on scene and working to suppress the fire. Smoke will be evident to people in the surrounding area, and burnout operations may produce more smoke that may be visible from Sedona and Flagstaff.

Sycamore Canyon will likely experience smoke impacts during the evening hours and tomorrow morning, as smoke from the Winter Fire will settle and drain south down the canyon. Areas such as Clarkdale and Cottonwood may also experience some smoke impacts as the smoke drains down the canyon.

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