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Mon, July 22

Horse Tank and Camillo Fires benefit Coconino National Forest

The Horse Tank Fire has consumed more than 1,518 acres and is located six miles north of Strawberry, south of Highway 260 near the junction with Hwy 87. Smoke from the fire has been visible in the Verde Valley. There was an increase in smoke due to continued burnout operations, which was normal and expected.  Courtesy, Coconino National Forest

The Horse Tank Fire has consumed more than 1,518 acres and is located six miles north of Strawberry, south of Highway 260 near the junction with Hwy 87. Smoke from the fire has been visible in the Verde Valley. There was an increase in smoke due to continued burnout operations, which was normal and expected. Courtesy, Coconino National Forest

FLAGSTAFF -- The lightning-caused Horse Tank and Camillo Fires continue to burn in a beneficial manner by restoring the forest and reducing the risk of severe fire. Fire Managers and crews are making calculated decisions on how to use these wildfires to restore the forest. Important tactics include allowing the fires to consume hazardous fuels with overall low severity and conducting burnout operations to dictate where the fire can move and when. Both fires are burning across the forest floor reducing fuel accumulations and promoting forest health.

HORSE TANK FIRE OVERVIEW Crews performed burnout operations to solidify western boundaries.

The fire will continue to smolder and creep in interior pockets of unburned fuels.

Smoke: Visible from Highways 260 and 87, I-17, Payson, Pine, Strawberry, Blue Ridge and the Verde Valley. There was an increase in smoke due to continued burnout operations, which was normal and expected.

Closures: Forest Roads 9366R, 9384A, 9381, 609 and a portion of 9361A.

Acres Treated: 1,518 acres (management area is approximately 5,000 acres) Start Date: June 6, 2015

Location: Six miles north of Strawberry, south of Highway 260 near the junction with Hwy 87

CAMILLO FIRE OVERVIEW: Personnel brought fire south with low severity fire ignitions along the KV high voltage WAPA power lines. This strategy reintroduces fire into the ecosystem while adding future protection to these crucial KV lines.

Crews continue conducting burnout operations; this tactic allows fire managers to determine how and where the fire moves through the forest. Crews are preparing for future ignitions along Forest Highway 3 from FR 125 south to FR 124, and are working closely with Forest Service specialists to protect historical sites in the area.

Smoke: The majority of smoke will disperse to the northeast. It is not expected to impact Flagstaff, but will be visible.

Closures: The immediate fire area will be closed. Visitors should abide by on-the-ground closure signs, which will change as the active fire area moves. Forest Roads 125 and 124 (to Kinnikinick Lake) are open, but delays are possible because of fire personnel and equipment in the area.

Acres Treated: 2,381 acres (management area is approximately 46,000 acres) Start Date: June 14, 2015

Location: 20 miles south of Flagstaff, just southeast of Mormon Lake.

Motorists should be cautious while traveling on Highway 260, State Route 87, and Lake Mary Road (Forest Highway 3). Smoke may reduce visibility and fire personnel will be working on and near the roads throughout the day. No closures to these roads are anticipated, but delays are possible.

Missing Prescott Valley boy found near Jerome

PRESCOTT VALLEY - A 17-year-old boy reported missing around midnight Thursday, June 18 was located near Jerome at about 8:30 a.m. Friday by authorities who used his phone to track him, a police spokesman said.

The boy was last seen at his home near North Navajo Drive, but his parents said nothing unusual seemed to lead up to his disappearance, Sgt. Jake Jackson said.

The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office Rescue-1 helicopter and Search and Rescue Team worked through the night to try to find him without success, Jackson said.

In the morning, investigators were able to determine that the boy was near Jerome, and the Jerome Police Department found him. He had walked, Jackson said, a distance of about 20 miles.

He was evaluated by medical personnel and then brought back to his home in Prescott Valley.

Jackson said police are still investigating the circumstances of his going missing.

Oak Creek Canyon officials to test Emergency Siren System

SEDONA - In preparation for the upcoming monsoon season, the National Weather Service, Sedona Fire District, Coconino County Emergency Management, and Coconino County CERT will test the emergency siren system in Oak Creek Canyon at approximately 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 24.

This system is designed to notify Oak Creek Canyon and Uptown Sedona residents of severe emergencies that require evacuation. This test serves two purposes: (1) Officials are assured that the system is working well and will be available when needed; and (2) residents, businesses and visitors become aware of what to expect in an actual emergency.

If an evacuation is necessary and the siren system is implemented, residents are to remain calm and tune their radio to KAFF 930 AM or 92.9 FM for specific directions.

The City of Sedona, Coconino and Yavapai Counties have emergency notification systems. The system for both Coconino and Yavapai Counties is called CodeRED.

All area residents may register their phone numbers by accessing CodeRED for Coconino County at www.coconino.az.gov/emergency.

For Yavapai County you may access CodeRED at www.regionalinfo-alert.org. Go to "Emergency Notification System" on the right side of the page.

For the City of Sedona you may access their system at www.sedonaAZ.gov. Go to "Sign Up for Emergency Alerts."

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