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Firefighters help Sheridan Fire exceed 13,000 acres
New lightning-caused fire nearby suppressed

A photo taken of the Sheridan Fire Tuesday night, Aug. 20. The fire continues to burn 23 miles northwest of Prescott. (USFS/Courtesy)

A photo taken of the Sheridan Fire Tuesday night, Aug. 20. The fire continues to burn 23 miles northwest of Prescott. (USFS/Courtesy)

Though increased humidity in the afternoon caused the fire to not burn as actively as anticipated, fire crews succeeded in igniting vegetation along the western edge of the Sheridan Fire containment line Tuesday, Aug. 28. The fire now exceeds 13,000 acres.

Fire crews will again work on firing along the western containment line throughout Wednesday.

There was a new lightning-caused fire start Tuesday just to the east of the Sheridan Fire within the fire area. Firefighters are suppressing that fire rather than allowing it to assist the forest in restoration efforts as they are the Sheridan Fire. Each fire is a bit different and fire managers evaluate each new start to determine whether to immediately suppress it or allow it to burn naturally. The new start was not in an area where resources would benefit greatly from fire at this time.

A closure area remains in effect over the Sheridan Fire area for firefighter and public safety. The closure area includes Camp Wood Road and the entire fire area south of Walnut Creek Road, though Walnut Creek Road is now open. Visitors and residents near the closure area should be alert for fire vehicles and equipment. A map and detailed description of the closure area are available on Inciweb and on the Prescott National Forest website.

Because of the planned burning Wednesday, smoke from the Sheridan Fire may be more noticeable, although the humidity will likely keep the fire from becoming very active. Smoke may visible over most of the Prescott and Tri-City area, particularly in the afternoon and early evening hours. Smoke impacts extend mainly to the north and northeast of the general fire area. Fire operations managers attempt to minimize smoke impacts when and where possible.

Location: 23 miles Northwest of Prescott, AZ on the Chino Valley District (T16N, R6W, S16)

Start date: Aug. 5, 2019

Size: 13,489 acres

Percent contained: 0%

Cause: Lightning

Vegetation: Pinyon-juniper, grass, and brush

Resources: Approximately 216 personnel including 10 engines, four water tenders, one dozer, three crews and two helicopters.

Information provided by the Prescott National Forest.

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