Forest Service Fighting Two Wildfires in Flagstaff Area

The Secret Fire burns near Flagstaff on Saturday. | Courtesy of U.S. Forest Service

The Secret Fire burns near Flagstaff on Saturday. | Courtesy of U.S. Forest Service

The U.S. Forest Service is fighting two forest fires that broke out over the weekend in the Coconino National Forest near Flagstaff.

The 6-acre Secret Fire, in the Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness, was 70 percent contained as of this morning, according to the Arizona Emergency Information Network. The 1.5-acre Boulder Fire, on Mount Elden, remains zero percent contained, the network said.

While we don’t know what caused either fire, it’s a fact that improperly extinguished campfires have led to many devastating wildfires in Arizona — including the Wallow Fire, which burned more than 530,000 acres in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests in 2011. With that in mind, let’s revisit the Forest Service’s guidelines for putting a campfire “dead out”:

  • Allow wood to burn completely to ash.
  • Pour water over the fire, dousing all embers.
  • Stir campfire ashes and embers with a shovel.
  • Scrape sticks and logs to remove any embers.
  • Stir the ash pile to ensure that it is wet and cold to the touch.
  • If you don’t have water, use dirt, and mix it with embers until the pile is cool. Don’t simply bury the fire; it might smolder and catch roots ablaze.

Proper campfire management is a central tenet of the Leave No Trace philosophy. You can learn more about Leave No Trace in our upcoming June issue.

Recent drought has left most of Arizona a tinderbox and more prone to wildfires than usual. As we get more information on these or other wildfires, we’ll pass it along.

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2 responses to “Forest Service Fighting Two Wildfires in Flagstaff Area

  1. Sharon L Scott

    The U.S. Forest Service KNOWS the fire danger is HIGH this year. WHY do they allow camp fires until something happens. PLEASE wake up and do not allow campfires AT ALL!!!

  2. Pingback: Forest Service Fighting Two Wildfires in Flagstaff Area | Arizona Highways | Phoenix Real Estate

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