Sheridan Fire Update: Fire area closure in effect near Camp Wood Road
A fire area closure order is in effect over the Sheridan Fire area, limiting access south of the Camp Wood Road (County Road 68), with areas to the north of Camp Wood Road remaining open, according to a Prescott National Forest release Sunday afternoon.
Yavapai County roads on the perimeter of the closure remain open. The fire continues to move steadily across the landscape in a remote and rural area south of the Camp Wood Road, and northwest of Willow Spring in the Sheridan Mountain area. There are no homes or structures threatened.
The Sheridan Fire is located 23 miles northwest of Prescott on the Chino Valley District. It began Aug. 5 via lightning strike and has grown to 3,700 acres as of Sunday. The blaze is 0% contained, according to a release.
Approximately 60 personnel including three engines, one water tender, one hand crew and one helicopter are being used.
Authorities are asking local forest users to use caution as they continue to use the Camp Wood Road, as firefighters and multiple fire resources are working in the area.
Area roads, trails, and natural barriers will be used as control features. Masticators will begin working along the Camp Wood Road and in select areas to clear vegetation to enhance the effectiveness of control features.
Firefighters are continuing to use a helicopter and agency operated drones to monitor fire activity as access to the immediate fire area is limited mostly due to rough and rugged terrain.
The Sheridan Fire is a lightning caused fire being monitored as it burns naturally across the landscape. This fire is being allowed to play its natural role within the fire-adapted ecosystem.
There is a wide variety of vegetation densities on the fire which, along with terrain and weather, will influence fire behavior and effects. The desired result of the Sheridan Fire is a “mosaic” of fire effects.
Under the right conditions, fire helps break down nutrients and minerals in plants and other debris such as old logs and dense undergrowth and restores them to the soil. The process also effectively reduces fire intensity in the case of future ignitions in the area as well.
Smoke from the Sheridan Fire will continued to be very visible from Prescott and the Tri-City area during mid-afternoon and into the evening hours, extending as far north of the general fire area relative to the predominant wind direction. Saturday’s smoke was visible as far north as Ash Fork and Williams.
With smoke impacts continuing to be expected, we recommend that the public plan activities during the earlier part of the day. For sensitive groups we also recommend staying indoors with windows and doors closed and bringing pets inside.
Information provided by Prescott National Forest Service.