News release from Kaibab NF, August 10, 2014:
“… Sitgreaves Complex, Williams Ranger District
The Sitgreaves Complex experienced its single biggest day of growth yesterday due to a focused effort by fire managers to use aerial and hand ignitions to fill in critical gaps within established perimeters. The goal of these management ignitions was twofold, to treat strategically-important areas of Sitgreaves Mountain in advance of impending monsoon activity and to lessen the overall duration of the fire in order to limit the number of remaining days of smoke impacts to local communities. “We have now treated much of the area on and around the mountain, which is an incredible accomplishment given that Sitgreaves hadn’t seen fire in almost a hundred years,” said James Pettit, fire management officer for the Williams Ranger District. “The work we are doing will provide benefits to the forest and surrounding communities for many years to come.” Today, crews will hold and strengthen containment lines established for the fire and will continue management ignitions to fill in small islands of unburned fuels. Monsoon moisture is expected to return to the fire area starting today and continuing into early next week.
Additional information, photos and maps are available at the following locations:
Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ …”
Read entire news release for additional information: Sitgreaves Complex update