they said on the news near sycamore canyon area southwest of flag. they did say that the cardinals practice might be tough with all the smoke you might do a google search there is a fire information website here in az. brother in law looked up the 3 fires up near heber last week and it gave details on those fires
For Immediate Release Contact: Brady Smith 928-310-6817 or
Aug. 16, 2009 Brienne Magee 928-527-8290
Taylor Fire Update – 8:00 p.m.
Flagstaff, AZ – Firefighters are working to suppress the Taylor Fire, located approximately 13 miles southwest of Flagstaff in the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness near Turkey Butte. Denny Nelson’s Northern Arizona Type 2 Incident Management Team will assume command at 6:00 a.m. Monday morning.
Report Date/Time: Sunday, August 16, 2009, 7:30 a.m.
Size: 650 acres
Cause: Unknown, under investigation
Fuels: Mixed conifer, oak, ponderosa pine, brush
Resources Committed: Personnel on scene: 110 including Taos Regular Crew, 3 Hotshot Crews, 2 Engines, Heli-tanker, Air Attack, and 2 air tankers. Approximately 400 additional resources on order.
Predicted Weather: Hot, dry and breezy conditions.
Coordinating Agencies: Coconino National Forest, APS, Flagstaff Fire Department, Coconino County Sheriff’s Department, and Department of Public Safety
Structures threatened: None
Closures: All trails in the area and Forest Roads 538 and 535 will be closed. Power from the nearby 230Kv line has been temporarily rerouted.
Southwest winds will move the majority of smoke toward Flagstaff. Residents should expect smoke and ash in town. Residual smoke will likely settle in the Flagstaff and Verde Valley areas overnight. For additional information, visit www.fs.fed.us/r3/coconino or call 928-527-3600
Resources Committed: 12 hotshot crews, eight regular crews, three Type 1 helicopters, one Type 3 helicopter, two lead planes, one air attack plane, four air tankers, six engines, one dozer, and two water tenders. 505 fire personnel.
Predicted Weather: Winds: 10 mph out of the southwest. Relative humidity: 10-15 percent. Temperature: 75-87 degrees.
Yesterday’s fire behavior: Fire behavior included torching, spotting, and brief tree canopy runs.
Concerns: Heavy smoke and falling ash will continue to impact local communities in the Flagstaff, Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona, and the Verde Valley areas. Disruption of power supply and damage to the KV transmission line is a concern. Area closures will impact hunting season in the fire area.
Restrictions: Forest Roads 231, 538, and 535 are closed. All trailheads leading into the southeastern portion of Sycamore Canyon are also closed.
Today’s strategy: Crews will continue burnout operations and hold existing control lines. Fire personnel will continue to check fire spread in Sycamore Canyon and to the north and northwest.
Summary: Crews conducted successful burnout operations along roads to the northeast and south of the fire yesterday. The fire has the potential to move to the north in the vicinity of Turkey Butte and in the rugged terrain of Sycamore Canyon.
chan 10 news just did a live broadcast, the fire was 10% contained early this morning but the wind laid down today and now the smoke is almost gone and they are talking of releasing fire fighters tomorrow as containment lines are holding around almost all of the fire and they expect the fire to burn itself out in the next couple days