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Pemberton and Sheridan Fire Update

15 August 2019   Cheyenne Warner, Forest Service
Pemberton and Sheridan Fire Update August 15, 2019

PRESCOTT, AZ August 15, 2019 –

PEMBERTON FIRE OVERVIEW

Location: 13 Miles Northwest of Prescott, AZ on the Chino Valley District (T15N, R4W, S33)
Start Date: August 6, 2019
Size: 1,173 Acres
Percent Contained: 0%
Cause: Lightning
Vegetation: Pinyon-Juniper, Grass and Brush
Resources: 6 engines, 1 crew, 1 helicopter, and misc. overhead

Pemberton Fire- Yesterday firefighters were successful with hand and aerial ignitions on the Pemberton Fire. Smoke from the Pemberton Fire can still be expected to be visible as interior portions of the fire continue to consume fuels from previous day’s ignitions. Today crews will continue to monitor and patrol along established control lines.

Due to smoke impacts we ask that while traveling on the roads around and near the fire area to use caution for public and firefighter safety. Drivers may experience delays on Fair Oaks Road due to fire traffic and firefighters working along the roadway.

Sheridan Fire- The lightning caused Sheridan Fire (T15N, R6W, S16), 25 miles northwest of Prescott, is burning near Sheridan Mountain on Cedar Mesa. The fire is currently estimated at 15 acres and burning in short grass and brush. Today’s plan is to conduct aerial ignitions as long as conditions are favorable. Firefighters will continue to scout the area for roads, trails and natural barriers to use as control lines.

Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR) have been placed over the Pemberton and Sheridan fires to provide a safe environment for firefighting aircraft being used for aerial operations.

PEMBERTON FIRE OBJECTIVES

1) Tactical decisions are based on a risk-informed approach that limits firefighter and aviator exposure to only what is necessary to meet incident objectives with the highest probability of success.

2) Restoration of juniper grasslands, pinon-juniper evergreen shrub, and pinon-juniper woodland is achieved using moderate to high fire behavior, creating mosaic patterns on mesa tops and hillsides, and low severity fire within drainage bottoms.

3) Restoration of chaparral vegetation type is achieved by utilizing moderate to high fire behavior, creating a mosaic pattern of burned/unburned areas.

4) Fire impacts to private property and private and public infrastructure are minimized in and around private inholdings and the communities of Fair Oaks, Rancho Diamante, and Long Meadow.

5) Suppression impacts to natural and cultural values are minimized.

6) Impacts to range infrastructure, improvements, and operations are minimized on the Spider and Long Meadow Cattle Ranches.

The public can obtain additional information via the following:

· Local Ranger Stations: Bradshaw Ranger District, (928) 443-8000; Chino Valley Ranger District (928) 777-2200; Verde Ranger District (928) 567-4121

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