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Stubbs Fire quadruples in size from earlier in week

Forest Service managing burn

The Stubbs Fire, burning near Camp Wood, continues to clean the forest floor of needles and debris. The blaze has increased in size from 795 acres to 3,657 acres. (PNF/Courtesy)

The Stubbs Fire, burning near Camp Wood, continues to clean the forest floor of needles and debris. The blaze has increased in size from 795 acres to 3,657 acres. (PNF/Courtesy)

The Stubbs Fire — located in Camp Wood, about 30 miles northwest of Prescott — has grown to 3,657 acres in size from its 795-acre size reported on Monday, July 23, according to the Prescott National Forest (PNF).

“Weather permitting, the fire is expected to increase in activity and growth over the next several days as aerial operations continue,” said PNF spokesperson Debbie Maneely.

Fire managers acknowledge that an increase in smoke production will likely occur during these operations and may be visible from

Stubbs Fire - At a Glance

Location: 30 miles northwest of Prescott on the Chino Valley Ranger District (T16N, R7W, S11)

Start Date: July 9

Size: Approximately 3,657 acres

Percent Contained: 10

Cause: Lightning

Vegetation: Ponderosa Pine

Resource Commitment: 1 Type III helicopter; 1 Type II Crew, 1 Engine

Williamson Valley Road, Chino Valley, and Paulden, Maneely said.

An area of about 20,500 acres has been identified to allow the fire to move through the forest to help restore the landscape and maintain a healthy ecosystem by allowing the wildfire to fulfill its natural role and consume forest debris, according to fire managers.

“However, this does not mean the fire will move across the entire planning area, as specific edges of a fire may be suppressed to protect certain values such as public safety, private property, cultural sites, major transmission power lines, trailheads, dispersed camping sites, and more,” Maneely said this past week. “Additionally, monsoon weather and precipitation may extinguish the wildfire at any time, which would bring the fire to a conclusion.”

While the fire area is not under a closure order, the public is reminded to use caution when traveling near the Stubbs Fire as firefighters and fire-related traffic will be in the area.

For more information, go to the PNF website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott.

Forestry managing multiple fires

With the summer storms, comes the lightning. And with the lightning, comes the fires. On Friday, July 27, firefighters with the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management were working multiple lightning-sparked fires across the state.

One, known as the Bird Fire, is roughly four miles outside of Black Canyon City in Yavapai County. It was found by Air Attack Thursday afternoon, July 26, according to State Forestry officials.

The 20-acre fire is burning through the Bradshaw Mountains, west of Interstate 17 and south of Maggie Mine Road. It is caught up on the backside of the peak and is in monitor status, said State Forestry spokesperson Tiffany Davila.

“Crews will assess the fire by air,” Davila said. “There are no values at risk, including no structures threatened.”

State Forestry officials remind the public not to call 911 if they want fire information.

“There are multiple ways to get information without bogging down the 911 resources, including Inciweb and state and federal social media pages,” Davila said.