Managed Burns Taking Place South of Flagstaff Today

May 24th, 2016 at 10:10 AM

Managed burning continues today at the “Cowboy Fire” south of Flagstaff. Smoke will likely be visible from I-17, I-40 and parts of Flagstaff.

COWBOY FIRE OVERVIEW

Start Date: May 17, 2016.

Location: About eight miles south of Flagstaff, on the immediate east side of Interstate 17.

Current Size: Five acres.

Fire Behavior: Smoldering, with visible small flame lengths and creeping across the forest.

Smoke Impacts: Smoke is readily visible from I-17 since the fire is right next to the interstate. Smoke will increase this week and could impact the community of Mountainaire and Kachina since they are north of the fire’s location. Motorists should be cautious while traveling along I-17 near the fire (approximately milepost 331), as smoke could reduce visibility, and fire personnel will be working on and near the roads as management of the fire increases.

Closures: None currently.

Current Management Actions: In monitoring status until conditions become drier.

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