Update to wildfire in Flagstaff off E Bennett Dr.

April 30th, 2018 at 10:57 AM

At approximately 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 30th, 2018, the Flagstaff Fire Department responded a structure engine, a wild land engine and Crew 1 (a wild land hand crew) to the 300 block of Bennett Dr. for a report of a forest fire behind this neighborhood.

First arriving units found a quarter acre brush fire in grass, pine needles and dead/downed trees actively burning with flame lengths 2-4 feet long, and torching in a single pine tree. Fire fighters made an aggressive fast attack at the head of the fire, which was approximately 150 yards from homes, using the structure engine, hooked to a hydrant on Bennett Drive, to pump 500 feet of trunk line that fed multiple smaller hand lines that contained the fire. Units from the United States Forest Service (USFS) quickly responded as well, and assisted FFD crews with establishing containment lines, mop up operations, investigation and ultimately taking over control of the incident due to the fire originating on USFS land.

There were no injuries sustained to Fire Department or Forest Service personnel during this incident, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

While still in April, wild fire activity and behavior across the region mirrors what is typical of June. The city of Flagstaff, Coconino County and the Coconino National Forest have enacted the following Stage One fire restrictions:

• No permits are issued for open burning within the City of Flagstaff.
• Use of charcoal barbecue grills are prohibited at Thorpe Park, McMillan Mesa Park, McPherson Park, Buffalo Park, Observatory Mesa Natural Area, Picture Canyon Natural Area, McMillan Mesa Natural Area, Schultz Creek Trailhead, and private Campgrounds (but are still allowed in private residences).
• No smoking in public places within City of Flagstaff city limits include parks, open space and cemeteries. (Ord. 2005-19, Amended, 08/16/2005; Ord. 2017-18, Amended, 06/06/2017)
• Open fire pits and open flame devices are prohibited (even those with a spark arrestor screen) within the City of Flagstaff.

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