Sycamore Fire Update

7/23/14 – Monitoring continues with daily aerial flights of the Sycamore Fire located near Bear Valley (Township 2 N, Range 31 E, Section 15) within the Blue Primitive Area. The fire is located on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests’ (ASNFs) Clifton Ranger District. The fire started last week and has increased to approximately 2000 acres in size as of Tuesday evening. Smoke may be visible from US Highways 180/191, and the community within the Blue Area as well as the town of Alpine.

“We are achieving our objective of allowing the fire to move across the landscape burning a lot of dead and down fuels. The fire is moving south staying on the ground with no crowning at this time. With potential rain activity expected this week it will help in keeping the fire from growing rapidly,” according to Justin Thompson, Clifton Fire Management Officer.

The National Weather Service is calling for 50 percent chance of show and thunderstorms today. Partly
sunny, with a temperature falling to around 69 degrees by 5 pm. Light south southeast wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Tonight 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy with a low around 52 degrees and south wind 5 to 8 mph.

For additional recorded information regarding the Sycamore Fire can be found at www.311info.net and by calling 311 or 928-333-3412.

In addition, the ASNFs have lifted all fire restrictions on all five ranger districts as of July 8 at 8 a.m. Also, fire restrictions have been lifted in Greenlee, Apache, Navajo and Coconino Counties.

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Smoke Visible from General Fire

7/22/14 – Smoke from the General Fire which is located northeast of Payson may be visible in the Heber-Overgaard area. As of today the fire was approximately 800 acres.

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Moisture Returning to Northern Arizona

7/22/14 – Subtropical moisture will begin to return to Northern Arizona as the trough along the west coast weakens and moves east by Thursday. The upper level high pressure ridge will sit over western New Mexico and the Four Corners region and due to the clockwise circulation around the upperlevel high this circulation will tend to draw deeper moisture over northern Mexico Northward into Northern Arizona. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are forecast over the White Mountains and portions of the eastern Mogollon Rim with isolated showers and thunderstorm elsewhere. Local thunderstorm outflow wind bgusts to around 50 MPH is possible.

Chance of showers and thunderstorms as far north as Flagstaff Wednesday and Thursday then to the Grand Canyon country by the weekend. Some of the thunderstorms that initially form will be high based with the potential to produce strong thunderstorm outflow winds then wetter storms will replace the higher based storms as the moisture progresses northwestward.

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