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Monsoon Thunderstorms Bring Rain and Lightning Featured

Debbie Maneely, Prescott National Forest August 19, 2020 370

Two wildfires started from monsoon activity yesterday.

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  • The 75 acre Sycamore fire is east of Cordes Junction on the Verde Ranger District.
  • The strategy for the Sycamore Fire is full suppression
  • The 28 acre Ash Fire is south of Highway 169, near Hackberry Wash, also not he Verde Ranger District.
  • Firefighters will continue securing the perimeter of the Ash Fire and extinguish any remaining hotspots.

Monsoon thunderstorms crossed portions of the Prescott National Forest, as firefighters chased smoke reports.

PRESCOTT, AZ August 19, 2020 – As monsoon thunderstorms crossed portions of the Prescott National Forest yesterday afternoon, firefighters were busy chasing smoke reports across the forest.

The 75 acre Sycamore Fire is burning approximately 8 miles east of Cordes Junction near Dugas (T11N, R4E, S7) on the Verde Ranger District. The strategy for the Sycamore Fire is full suppression. With the help of cooler temperatures and high humidity firefighters were able to stop any forward progression of the fire yesterday evening. Today firefighters will continue to construct direct fire line and mop up heat along the fires perimeter. Smoke will be visible from I-17 as fuels in the interior continue to burn. The fire poses no threat to life or property.

The 28 acre Ash Fire is located just south of Highway 169 near Hackberry Wash (T13N, R2E, S14) on the Verde Ranger District. Yesterday evening firefighters stopped forward progression of the fire. Today firefighters will continue securing the perimeter and extinguish any remaining hotspots. Smoke may be visible from Highway 169. This fire poses no threat to life or property.

Firefighters are working to suppress these fires as quickly and safely as possible.

The public can obtain fire information via the following:

  • Prescott National Forest Web Site: www.fs.fed.us/r3/prescott
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  • Local Ranger Stations: Bradshaw Ranger District, (928) 443-8000; Forest Supervisors Office (928) 777-2200; Verde Ranger District (928) 567-4121

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