Cinder Fire Containment Estimated for October 3


Cinder Fire Containment Estimated for October 3

Springerville, AZ—October 2, 2018 – The lightning-caused Cinder Fire on the Springerville Ranger District of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests will reach about 500 acres at full containment on October 3. It is burning north of State Route (SR) 260 between Forest Road 8538 and the cinder pit. Fuel types are grass, pine, and mixed conifer.

Crews completed all planned ignitions over the weekend and are currently monitoring and patrolling the area as higher winds and scattered showers move through. The Forests have taken advantage of this natural ignition to reduce fuels in this area at a time that it could be done safely and efficiently. The fire has burned at mostly low intensity but is consuming larger dead and down logs as well as fine fuels. This fire is improving watershed and wildlife habitat as well as protecting communities and private property by reducing available fuels.

The fire continues to put up some smoke which may affect visibility along SR 260 and SR 261. The Forests ask everyone to be aware of this potential hazard while driving on these roads.


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