Marteen Fire consumes 5,434 acres
Fire continues to spread
The Marteen Wildland Fire Use 15 miles northeast of Williams remains active and continues to spread along the Coxcomb Ridge System. It is 5,434 acres.
Tuesday, personnel took actions to protect heritage resources and slow fire spread as it continues moving toward private property. Firefighters burned the fuels between a dozer line along the forest boundary and the southern edge of the fire. In addition to operations on the ground, personnel used aerial ignitions to burn the ridge between Little Squaw and
Similar operations will take place Wednesday as personnel continue to reinforce the fireline eastward until it reaches County Road 144. Resources assigned to the incident include 14 personnel, two engines, one dozer and one helicopter.
"Personnel successfully carried out one of the planned management actions on this incident Tuesday to reduce dangerous fuels and protect private property. While smoke is an issue, we hope people understand the importance of reintroducing fire in a fire adapted ecosystem to help protect communities and improve forest health," said Martie Schramm,
Williams District Ranger.
The Marteen Wildland Fire Use started by lightning Aug. 7 and grew to 700 acres before going dormant under monsoon rains. Fire personnel observed renewed fire activity Oct. 15.
Fire managers expect the fire to remain active within the boundaries of the planned management area as long as the weather stays dry and warm. The existing weather conditions are predicted to continue for several days with temperatures in the 70s, low humidity and light winds.
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