Flagstaff Firefighters battle 2 wildfires this week

August 31st, 2018 at 9:30 AM

This past week, firefighters with Flagstaff Fire Department’s Wildland Crew 1 responded to two wildfires in our area.  Both were the result of lightning strikes that occurred on Sat Aug 25th, but remained undetected until weather cleared and this week’s warming and drying trend occurred. Both fires were within the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project area.

The first was a ½ acre fire in the Dry Lake Hills area in very steep and rough ground.  This was immediately adjacent to an area that is currently being thinned, and within an area that is slated for forest treatment next year.

The second was a ¼ acre fire on City’s Open Space Observatory Mesa parcel. This fire was within an area where selective tree thinning had occurred last year.

The public is reminded that wildfire can strike at any time, and that forest work such as the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project (FWPP) is so important to our community’s well-being and future.  For more information on FWPP, visit www.flagstaffwatershedprotection.org

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