On July 26th, 2013, the lightning-caused Skinner wildfire was located on the Tusayan Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest. The Skinner fire, on Skinner Ridge, was surrounded by areas that had been burned in the past. In order to reduce surface fuels and return fire to the ecosystem, the Skinner fire was allowed to spread naturally. The fire was managed and allowed to spread within a specific planning area boundary identified as Forest Roads 302, 343, 343H, 305A, and 688, while protecting wooden portions of fences, water tanks, and large ponderosa pine trees from damage.
|Date of Origin||Thursday July 25th, 2013 approx. 08:00 PM|
|Location||5 miles southeast of Tusayan, AZ|
|Incident Commander||Bob Blasi|
The fire is no longer spreading because it has burned to the roads that form the planning area. The fire is now smoldering and creeping in unburned pockets. The fire will continue to produce smoke until it receives significant precipitation, with smoke production decreasing every day.
On Saturday August 10, firefighters burned out the southwest corner of the fire which stopped the fire spread.
Firefighters plan to patrol the fire for the next week or two to ensure that it does not cross the roads that currently form the perimeter of the fire.
|Wind Conditions||7 mph SW|