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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Fisher Fire closes some Flagstaff trails

UPDATE: April 14 9:00 a.m.: Fire is 75% contained and mop up operations are beginning. The forest service will not be issuing further updates, so you may need to call the ranger for closure info.
Hikers---please avoid the trails around Flagstaff's Fisher Point (Sandy's Canyon, Fay Canyon, Skunk Canyon The Pit, Arizona Trail) until further notice
Fisher Point
NEWS RELEASE                 
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
U.S. Forest Service
Coconino National Forest
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For Immediate Release
April 13, 2014
       
Public Affairs Contact:
Heather Noel, (Acting) Public Affairs Officer, 928-527-3490



Fisher Fire – 8:00 a.m. update

Flagstaff, Ariz. – The Fisher Fire, reported at 3:00 p.m. on April 11th, is located near Fisher Point in Walnut Canyon approx. five miles southeast of Flagstaff in the vicinity of the Fisher Fire from last year.

The fire remains at 175 acres and is 50% contained.  Today, crews will grid and mop up as topography and fuel conditions allow.  Terrain is steep with rolling rocks and snags.  No growth was reported on the fire and all lines held.  No structures are threatened.

Today, temperatures today could reach 71 degrees with winds becoming westerly and increasing in strength with possible 45 mph gusts this afternoon; the relative humidity is forecast between 10-15%.   The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for today in effect from noon to 8:00 p.m. MST due to strong winds and a low relative humidity.

The public should remain aware of area closures around the vicinity of the fire which include some of the trail system.  Reducing the risk to firefighters and the public is our first priority in every fire management activity.

Local, state, tribal, and Federal agencies support one another with wildfire response, including engagement in collaborative planning and the decision-making processes that take into account all lands and recognize the interdependence and statutory responsibilities among jurisdictions.

SUMMARY
DATE OF DETECTION:  April 11, 2014
CAUSE:  Confirmed human-caused, specific cause undetermined; investigation ongoing.
CURRENT SIZE:  175 acres
CONTAINMENT:  50%
LOCATION:  Fisher Point area, Flagstaff
AGENCY:  USDA Forest Service
RESOURCES:  7 Hotshot Crews, 3 Type Two Crews, 2 dozers, 5 water tenders, 1 lead plane, 1 Air Attack, 1Type 1 and 1 Type 3 helicopter, 10 engines, and numerous fire personnel.

 

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Respectfully,

Heather

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Heather M. Noel
Public Affairs Officer (Acting)
U.S. Forest Service, Coconino National Forest
1824 S. Thompson St., Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Office (928) 527-3490  Cell (406) 370-7370
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