The Wildfire Log | Maroon Fire | AZ | 2

FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA

WEDNESDAY – JUNE 5, 2019

Incident Summary

A wildfire is burning about 13 miles NE of Flagstaff, Arizona that has destroyed 8,602 acres of ponderosa, juniper, Pinyon pines, grasses and brush fuels.  Today, Fire Managers reduced the number of burned lands due to a more accurate mapping.

The wildfire is located in the Coconino National Forest and off of Leupp Road near Maroon Crater, hence,is  how the fire was named the Maroon Fire.

Current Fire Status

Fire behavior is now minimal with backing and single-tree torching.   Crews have reached 50% containment status.  About 8,605 acres have been burned.

Firefighters will continue to monitor the perimeter.  Over the next few weeks, they will also ID and put out any hot spots along containment lines, as well as mop-up operations.  This will include removal of hazard trees along public areas and safety for all.

The Fire burns next to two transmission lines north of Flagstaff. | Credit: Western Area Power

FIRE FACT | More than 680 fires have burned 21,908 acres on National Forest System lands in 2019. – ForestService_NIFC

Fire Activities

During this incident, the Forest Service deployed a drone to assist crews with aerial and operations – a first, for the Agency on any wildfire.  It is definitely one for the history books.

Resources

There are currently 40 personnel with a drop in 29 in the last 24 hours.  There are still two crews with four engines assigned to this incident.  er.

A Type 3 IMT team assumed Command of the Fire on May 27, 2019.

Costs-To-Date

Costs-to-Date as of the date of this post have reached an all-time high of $1.3 Million, up $100,000 from yesterday’s fire activities on Tuesday, June 4th.

Credit: ForestService_NIFC

Cause

The fire was caused by lightning.  Its origin was detected to have started on Thursday, May 16th around 1546 hours MST.

Damage Assessments

No structures have been reportedly lost or damaged.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 6/5/2019 @ 1830 PDT

The Wildfire Log | Maroon Fire | AZ | 1

FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA

Incident Summary

A wildfire called the Maroon Fire is burning about 13 miles NE of Flagstaff, Arizona that has destroyed 9,000 acres of ponderosa, juniper, Pinyon pines, grasses and brush fuels in the Coconino National Forest.   It is located off of Leupp Road near Maroon Crater.

It is still burning in a cinder basin east of Flagstaff and slowed accordingly.

The Fire burns next to two transmission lines north of Flagstaff. | Credit: Western Area Power

FIRE FACT | More than 680 fires have burned 21,908 acres on National Forest System lands in 2019. – ForestService_NIFC

Fire Activities

Fire crews have successfully attained a 20% containment status and are working towards a full and total containment status.

On May 29th, firefighters established 1,000 acres of control lines and successful burnout operations to reinforce control lines.

Maroon Fire

Courtesy: Inciweb

HISTORICAL FACTS  | Maroon Crater was used for WWII artillery training and possible unexploded ordnances could be off the designated roadways. Firefighters will take extreme care when working in this area.

Credit | Coconino NF

For the very first time in Arizona’s fire history, a drone (unmanned aircraft system) was deployed into the field to assist with aerial ignitions and operations.

Fire Conditions

Photo taken 6/3/2019 at 7K acres | Credit: Coconino NF

Moderate fire behavior with backing, flanking and single tree torching has been reported by Fire Managers.

Resources

There are 120 total personnel including two crews, eight engines and one helicopter.

A Type 3 IMT team assumed Command of the Fire on May 27, 2019.  The IC is Preston Mercer.

Costs-To-Date

Credit: ForestService_NIFC

The total fire suppression and containment costs have topped at $1.2 Million.

Cause

The fire was caused by lightning.  Its origin was detected to have started on Thursday, May 16th around 1546 hours MST.

Damage Assessments

No structures have been reportedly lost or damaged.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 6/4/2019 @ 2220 PDT