Thu, Jan. 23

Smoke on the mountain, where lighting struck repeatedly

Residents may be seeing smoke from several lightning cause fires above the Mogollon Rim and east of Camp Verde. Forest firefighters are conducting back burn operations to take advantage of the fire conditions to reduce undergrowth and improve habitat.

The Cowboy Fire is burning on the east side of I-17 near milepost 331, approximately eight miles south of Flagstaff. The smoke is easily visible to motorists on the highway. Fire managers are actively monitoring the fire, and crews are working to ensure this wildfire remains inside the planned perimeter.

The Mormon Fire is six miles east of Munds Park, south of Flagstaff. Smoke may be visible from Munds Park and Lake Mary Road in the Mormon Lake area.

Fire managers are utilizing the lightning-caused Mormon fire to benefit the landscape and maintain a healthy ecosystem by allowing fire to fulfill its natural role in the environment.

East of Camp Verde, the 360-acre Pivot Rock Fire is located approximately 3.25 miles northeast of the intersections of SR 87 and SR 260, and eight miles northeast of the towns of Pine and Strawberry, on the Mogollon Rim Ranger District. This multiple-objective fire will increase in size as time goes on, and firefighters will be conducting burnout operations to facilitate where and how the fire moves through the landscape.

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