Yesterday, the lightning caused Belknap Fire continued to actively spread to the northwest growing to 307 acres in size. Low to moderate fire behavior throughout the day helped reduce hazardous fuels on the forest floor with minimal smoke impacts. Crews worked in steep terrain down the Coconino Rim to build handline and protect resources along the eastern perimeter of the planning area.
Monday the fire managers anticipate some managed ignitions along the eastern side of the planning area to strengthen the perimeter line there. Crews plan to start these ignitions along the tops of ridges to slowly back fire down the Coconino Rim at lower intensities. Over the next several days, fire managers may continue managed ignitions along the ridge tops in a westward progression as needed.
An Arizona Trail Detour has been planned due to managed ignitions and active fire hazards, all Arizona Trail sections within the planning area have been temporarily detoured to follow FSR 310. Large signage and detour maps have been posted in the vicinity for notification.
Anticipated variable winds, precipitation, and management tactics can change the amount of visible smoke each day. Currently, smoke is highly visible from sections of HWY 64 in the Desert View area of the Grand Canyon National Park and near Cameron, Ariz. For more information on smoke and air quality please visit www.azdeq.gov or www.wildlandfire.az.gov .
Fire activity updates and maps are available 24 hours-a-day at the fire information line 928-635-8311 or the Inci website.