Major Arizona Incidents
Tonto National Forest Rx Burns 2018 (Prescribed Fire)
on July 18, 2018 at 11:58 pm
Prescribed fires are essential tools for restoring the forest in our fire adapted ecosystem, and smoke is an unavoidable byproduct of these vital efforts. Fire managers strive to minimize smoke impacts to the community as much as possible. They burn when winds and other atmospheric conditions will push the majority of smoke away from homes; they will burn larger sections at a time to limit the number of days smoke is in the air, and they work closely with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, as well as neighboring forests to monitor air quality.Crews also seek opportunities to use slash from thinning projects around the community instead of burning it. It is often used s filler at the landfill and offered as firewood to community members. Forests need the frequent, low intensity fire to remove accumulated smaller fuels and recycle nutrients into the soils to promote healthy vegetation and wildlife habitat. A healthier forest is a safer forest for firefighters and residents... […]
Mohave Fire (Wildfire)
on July 16, 2018 at 3:43 pm
Fire behavior is minimal and mostly in the interior of the fire. Hazards remain in the fire area, and the public is discouraged from entering the fire area. A large amount of saltcedar was burned during the fire. Saltcedar burns very hot and can remain hot long after the fire appears to be out. Due to the sandy soils in the river corridor, there can be additional fuels burning underneath the surface of the soil. These fuels covered by sand can create very hot cavities that can collapse. Falling into one of these hidden cavities can lead to serious burn injuries. To avoid injury, remember to stay clear of the area where the fire burned. Firefighter patrols and agency monitoring will continue through the week. […]
Sonoita-Elgin Fire Season – 2017
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