Prescott, AZ (July 26, 2018) – Yesterday afternoon monsoonal thunderstorms crossed portions of the Prescott National Forest bringing rain and lightning. Heavy rains suspended air operations on the Stubbs Fire; but pending favorable weather conditions operations will resume today. After the storms had past, firefighters located 2 small lightning-caused fires on the Chino Valley Ranger District.
The 15 acre Railroad Fire is burning in Pinyon Juniper approximately 30 miles NE of Prescott and west of Sycamore Wilderness (T18N, R2E, S23). The fire’s location, conditions on the ground, and weather, including predicted monsoonal moisture is providing the opportunity to use this natural ignition to restore fire to the landscape and achieve multiple resource benefits; including improving forest health and habitat diversity. Smoke from the Railroad Fire maybe seen from County Road 70 and Perkinsville Road. The fire is being monitored by firefighters.
The Humphrey Fire, located just east of Humphrey Wash and south of Cross U Ranch (T16N, R4W, S6) is reported as a single Juniper tree at .10 acres. Due to its proximity to Cross U Ranch firefighters took action to contain and secure this fire last night.
The public can obtain additional fire information via the following:
· Prescott NF Forest Website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott/
· Twitter: @PrescottNF
· Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PrescottNF/
· Fire Information: (928) 928-1111