Whiting Knoll Fire ignites near Greens Peak

Whiting Knoll Fire Map 

 

     Location: Whiting Knoll

   Cause: Lightning

 

     Date Reported: June 30, 10 a.m.

     Vegetation: Ponderosa pine and grass understory

Incident Commander: Gary Strickland            Percent contained:  0%

Resources assigned: 3 engines, 2 10-person Initial Attack Crews, 1 Bulldozer

 

Springerville, July 2, 2019 – For Immediate Release The lightning ignited Whiting Knoll Fire was discovered Sunday, June 30, 2019 at approximately 10:00 a.m. The fire is burning on the Springerville Ranger District adjacent to Whiting Knoll, north of Greens Peak, midway between U.S. Highway 60 and Arizona State Highway 260.  Utilizing a portion of Forest Roads 117 and 65 as well as natural features as fire line, fire managers have identified a containment area approximately 4,000 acres in size. While weather conditions are favorable, crews will take an active role to reinforce these fire lines by introducing fire to consume fuel in a controlled fashion. Smoke columns will be highly visible at times from the communities of Vernon, Springerville/Eager, and Greer. Motorists traveling U.S. Highway 60 and Arizona State Highway 260 may encounter light to moderate smoke. 

The Whiting Knoll Fire is currently not an imminent threat to private property.


 
Weather: Dry, breezy and warm conditions are anticipated through Thursday. 
Friday, wind directions turn more southerly allowing moisture to move into the area, 
bringing a slight chances for showers and thunderstorms to the eastern Mogollon Rim 
and White Mountain area. 

Safety: Visitors are reminded to drive with caution through areas impacted by smoke and avoid traveling through the fire zone. While smoke is not expected to heavily impact local communities, Individuals sensitive to smoke are encouraged to visit the Arizona Department of Health Services website at http://www.azdhs.gov/preparedness/epidemiology-disease-control/extreme-weather/index.php#wildfires-home for additional information regarding the dangers of wildfire and prescribed burn smoke and wildfire preparedness.

 

Fire restrictions: The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest is not currently in fire restrictions. Visitors are reminded to be very careful with fire. Never leave a fire unattended – even for a short time.

 

Additional Information on wildfire and wildfire safety can be found at:





https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/asnf/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD641204