Navajo-Hopi Nations,Flagstaff & Winslow News
Sat, July 24

Eagle Rock Fire 100 percent contained

Schultz Fire

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - As of Monday morning, the Schultz Fire, located five miles north of Flagstaff, has burned about 15,075 acres since June 20 and is now about 65 percent contained. The cause of the fire was reported to be an abandoned campfire.

The U.S. Forest Service is seeking information concerning the person or persons responsible for causing the Schultz Fire and is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

Please call the Schultz Fire Investigations hotline at (928) 527-3508 if you have any information.

An emergency fire closure restricting travel on lands, roads and trails within the vicinity of the San Francisco Peaks remains in effect. Recreationists are reminded to stay out of the closure area, since this closure is being strictly enforced. Although within the closure area, Bonito Campground, on the way to Sunset Crater, was reopened yesterday, and the O'Leary Group site, also near Sunset Crater, will be reopening on July 1. 

Drivers can always call 5-1-1 for updates or visit www.az511.gov. Up-to-the minute information is also available at www.twitter.com/ArizonaDOT.

The fire is currently burning on lands administered by the Coconino National Forest including portions the Kachina Peaks Wilderness.

Fire crews will will continue improving line, holding line, patrolling line, conducting mop-up activities, mitigating hazard trees, installing water bars, and working on isolated hot spots. Crews will make repairs on a road to Locket Meadow by filling holes and soft spots with gravel, spraying water on the areas, and repacking them.  Helicopters will be available to support ground crews as needed.

Eagle Rock Fire

WILLIAMS, Ariz. - As of Monday morning, the Eagle Rock Fire, located 11 miles northeast of Williams is 100 contained at 3,420 acres. Fire managers have determined the fire was lightning caused.

An area around the fire remains closed to entry until further notice. Many hazards are present such as smoldering stump holes, weakened trees, and rolling rocks and logs. Crews will continue to patrol the fire on a regular basis.

Forest visitors should be prepared for changing weather conditions this time of year. The forecast this week calls for a chance of thunderstorms and increased winds in the afternoon.

Fire restrictions are in effect on the Kaibab National Forest. Under these fire restrictions, campfires, charcoal, coal or wood stoves are allowed in developed campgrounds only. The restrictions also limit smoking to within enclosed vehicles, buildings or in developed campgrounds. Pressurized liquid or gas stoves, lanterns, and heaters meeting safety specifications are allowed.

For more information please call Punky Moore, Fire Information Officer, at (928) 635-5653.

Hardy Fire

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - As of Monday morning, there were no further reports on the Hardy Fire, which burned about 282 acres. The last report indicated that this fire was about 95 percent contained with full containment expected over the weekend. The Flagstaff Fire Department had been working on the fire since last Wednesday morning.

The Hardy Fire started at approximately 1 p.m. on the afternoon of June 19 and is located southwest of Herold Ranch Road and Little America.

Randall W. Nicholson, a transient from California, pleaded innocent on Wednesday afternoon to one count of burning of a wildland and one count of camping in the city limits, both misdemeanors. He is currently being held in jail in lieu of bond and felony charges could still be forthcoming.

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