#Maroonfire East of Flagstaff Update

May 30th, 2019 at 2:06 PM
From inciweb

The Maroon Fire is currently 1,100 acres and burning in a cinder basin east of Flagstaff, which is an area that experiences unique weather patterns. A Temporary Flight Restriction has been placed over the planning area of the Maroon Fire in anticipation of flight operations. Control lines are being established reinforcing forest roads along the boundary of the 14,700 acre planning area. This geographic area historically has warmer and drier conditions due to the surrounding topography, which generally shelters it from most rain showers. The cinder basin’s unique volcanic soils and vegetation allows water to drain easily and dry out quickly. Due to its unique conditions, the Maroon Fire has continued to grow slowly in spite of the recent rainy weather experienced in Flagstaff. Approximately 147 personnel are assigned to the fire, and a Type 3 Incident Management Team assumed command of management responsibilities on May 27.


Planned Actions Wildland firefighting crews improve and secure planned control lines and monitored the fire perimeter for any spotting. Aerial support has now been assigned to the fire and flight planning has begun.
Projected Incident Activity Continual improvement of the holding features to protect values at risk.
Remarks Maroon Crater was used for WWII artillery training and possible unexploded ordnance could be off the designated roads.


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