Maroon Fire update – Firefighters plan for burnout ops tonight

May 28th, 2019 at 5:18 PM

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., May 28, 2019 – Firefighting crews are planning to conduct burnout operations this evening as warmer, drier temperatures and lighter winds are forecast for the upcoming week.

Crews will begin conducting hand ignitions along Forest Service roads, which will allow firefighters to strengthen control lines and promote a low-intensity backing fire. Firing operations may continue throughout the week as weather conditions allow.

Residents near Moon Crater are expected to see an increase in smoke output as well as visible flames from hand ignitions as firing operations commence. Smoke is predicted to move northeast and may be visible from the community of Leupp and travelers on Leupp road.

Forest Service roads may be temporarily closed for firefighter and public safety while burning operations are being conducted. Residents and visitors in the area will be notified and redirected when hand ignitions are being conducted along the roads.

Information on the Maroon Fire and other incidents across the nation can be found online at Quick updates of notable fire activity and smoke impacts will also be provided via Coconino National Forest’s social media sites, to include the Forest’s Twitter and Facebook sites.


  • Discovery Date: May 16, 2019 at approximately 3:45 p.m.
  • Cause: Lightning.
  • Location: Approximately 16 miles northeast of Flagstaff, near Leupp Road, Forest Roads 244 and 244A. (Latitude/Longitude: 35.3088, -111.4076)
  • Current Size: 100+ acres in a 14,700 acre planning area.
  • Current Resources: Seven engines, four crews and one bulldozer. Approximately 119 personnel.
  • Predicted Smoke Impacts: Medium smoke is predicted to move northeast and may impact homes near Moon Crater, east of Maroon Crater, areas of the Hopi Reservation, and motorists along Leupp Road. Smoke may appear thicker at times due to burnout operations or as the wildfire consumes larger trees. This is normal.
  • Current Closures: None.


  • Recent and Current Operations: Firefighters engaged in fireline operations of continuing to improve existing holding features, scouting in anticipation of future operations and preparing for the days to come. An increase in fire activity is expected across the landscape.

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