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3 lightning fires now on forest officials' radar

Lightning touches down west of Thumb Butte during a monsoon storm on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019. Prescott National Forest officials are monitoring three recent fires caused by lightning. (Obsidian DeLeau/Courtesy photo)

Lightning touches down west of Thumb Butte during a monsoon storm on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019. Prescott National Forest officials are monitoring three recent fires caused by lightning. (Obsidian DeLeau/Courtesy photo)

PRESCOTT – Fire managers continue to monitor the Sheridan and Stinson fires that were detected earlier in the week approximately 25 miles northwest of Prescott near Camp Wood.

Due to their remote locations these fires will continue to be monitored with aerial resources, the Prescott National Forest reported Friday, Aug. 9. Both fires received limited precipitation from monsoonal storms and have shown minimal growth.

In addition, firefighters detected the Pemberton Fire (T15N, R4W, S33) on Tuesday, Aug. 6, located approximately 13 miles northwest of Prescott near Rancho Diamante. The fire is burning in Pinion Juniper, grass, and brush.

On Thursday, fire crews scouted and prepped control lines using natural barriers and roads within the fire area. Crews made excellent progress prepping control lines near private property south of the fire, the Forest Service reported.

On Friday, firefighters will continue scouting and preparing areas on the northeast side of the fire area.

Currently, the Pemberton Fire has five engines, one crew, and one helicopter.

Weather for today is partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Winds are expected to be light with gusts in the afternoon associated near thunderstorms. Temperatures between 86 and 89 degrees, relative humidity’s from 30 to 35 percent.

The public can obtain additional information via:

• Fire Information: 928-925-1111

• Prescott NF Forest Website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott/

• Twitter: @PrescottNF

• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PrescottNF/

• Local Ranger Stations: Chino Valley Ranger District: 928-777-2200.

Information provided by the Prescott National Forest.

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