Heavy smoke expected from Newman Fire today

Contact(s): Newman Fire Public Information: 928-527-8230


Newman Fire Planning Boundary Map

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., July 16, 2019 – Firefighters will begin burnout operations today on the 275-acre Newman Fire, which includes ignitions on the ground in coordination with aerial ignitions to secure control lines along the planned fire perimeter.

Burnout operations are expected to continue through Thursday as weather conditions allow, and the public can expect to see a significant increase in smoke as these ignitions are carried out.

Fire managers will reduce the overall duration of smoke impacts to the community by completing burnout operations over the span of a few days instead of a span of a few weeks.

Smoke will primarily impact visibility and recreational activities along the Lake Mary corridor. Smoke will be visible from the communities of Elk Park Meadows, Lake Mary Meadows, Flagstaff, Kachina, Mountainaire, Munds Park and major transportation corridors nearby.

The Narrows day-use area and Lake View Campground have been closed temporarily due to expected heavy smoke impacts. The immediate fire area remains closed for public health and safety. A larger area closure is expected mid-week as burnout operations continue.

The public should use extreme caution when recreating or driving along Lake Mary corridor and any roads adjacent to the fire area. Updates about the Newman Fire, acreage, and latest activity can be found daily on Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6436/.


NEWMAN FIRE OVERVIEW

  • Discovery date: July 11, 2019.
  • Cause: Lightning.
  • Origin location: Approximately 15 miles southeast of Flagstaff (Latitude/Longitude: 35° 1.342N, 111° 31.502W).
  • Current size: 275 acres.
  • Current resources: Four crews, six engines, two patrol units, a dozer, and miscellaneous overhead personnel. Total personnel: approximately 106.
  • Predicted smoke impacts: Significant smoke will impact the Lake Mary Corridor.
  • Current closures: None.
  • Recent and current operations: Firefighters are conducting burnout operations along the Lake Mary corridor this week, beginning today.

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