FREDONIA, AZ – The Cooper Fire on the North Kaibab Ranger District increased to 739 acres as fire managers conducted a low intensity burnout operation along the perimeter and Highway 89A. The fire continues to fill in the 968 acre planning area developed by fire managers for resource benefits. Throughout the past few days, fire managers have been encouraged by the reduction in existing forest ground litter and tree stand densities. Fire activity was moderate to high today with isolated tree torching.
A short drying trend and a high pressure weather pattern are expected over the fire Friday and through the weekend and may result in increased smoke and reduced visibility. Fire crews may ignite fuels in specific areas in order to reduce the chance of unwanted fire spread or behavior in the direction of containment lines. The fire will be confined to a 958-acre planning area.
Smoke can be seen along Highway 89A northwest of Jacob Lake and south along Highway 67. Fire officials urge drivers and visitors to use caution when traveling through the area and to watch for fire personnel working along the road. Smoke impacts should be minimal in Fredonia, Kanab, Page and House Rock Valley.
|Date of Origin||Monday July 15th, 2013 approx. 12:00 AM|
|Location||3 miles northwest of Jacob Lake|
Moderate to high with isolated tree torching
Resource Benefit Fire
|Wind Conditions||6 mph|