SEDONA AZ - The Sedona Fire District (SFD) fire ban in effect for all portions of the fire district since May 23, 2011 will be lifted on Thursday, July 21, 2011. BOLT FIRE near Sedona (began July 11, 2011) UPDATE BELOW!
Recent rains along with higher humidity, increased fuel moistures, and the forecast for continuing monsoon activity have lowered but not eliminated fire danger in the fire district. SFD encourages everyone to be responsible when working with or around fire.
It is a great time to develop and create a “FIREWISE“ home. Follow these steps to protect your home from potential wildfire:
- Reduce flammable vegetation, trees, and brush from around your home.
- Remove dead trees and prune low-hanging branches.
- Cut grass and weeds regularly.
- Relocate wood piles and leftover building materials away from the structures.
- Keep your roof and yard clean of pine needles, leaves and debris.
For more information on how to protect your home, or to schedule a free wildfire assessment, please contact the Sedona Fire District at (928) 282-6800.
Breaking Local News Update! July 21, 2011–The Munds Park area south of Flagstaff, Arizona is the location of a growing fire caused by a lightning strike on July 11, 2011: Bolt Fire activity continues. Breaking News from US Forest Service —The Bolt Fire continues with steady progression northeast of Munds Park. The fire has been more active yesterday and today, producing noticeable smoke overnight in the Munds Park and Sedona areas. Fire managers are expecting similar growth and smoke production for the next several days, with a decrease in behavior later in the weekend.
Crews are managing the fire to reduce hazardous fuels as well as to protect and enhance wildlife habitat. Fire recycles nutrients into the soil, promoting the growth of grasses and other healthy vegetation, and reduces accumulated fuels that could lead to more intense fire under drier conditions.
In the evenings and early mornings, smoke will follow canyons and drainages into Munds Park, Sedona, and Walnut Canyon areas, and should lift and disperse as the morning warms.
Bolt Fire Facts
Behavior: Short flame lengths and steady movement across the forest floor.
Start Date: July 11, 2011
Location: Approximately 6 miles northeast of Munds Park, between I-17 and Lake Mary Road
Size: 430 acres
Road Closures: There are no road closures at this time, but travelers in the area should be cautious of fire crews and equipment.