Cross Fire grows to 250 acres
WILLIAMS, Ariz. - The Cross Fire on the Williams Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest is 250 acres in size and is expected to grow today due to continuing warm and dry conditions. The fire, which was started by lightning June 30, is located about 18 miles south southeast of Williams near Bar Cross Tank and is being managed to meet resource objectives.
Smoke is visible from Interstate 40, Williams, Prescott and the Verde Valley. Last night, smoke impacts to communities were minimal. However, depending on wind speed and direction, smoke could be noticeable anywhere from along I-40 to communities south and southwest of the fire.
Today, firefighters will be conducting blacklining operations along pre-established perimeter roads. During blacklining operations, firefighters burn fuels along designated boundaries in order to limit the fire's growth in specific directions. Firefighters will be working to blackline forest roads 105, 127 and 126 in order to prevent the fire from spreading south and east.
To conduct the blacklining operations, firefighters may be using both hand (drip torches) and aerial (helicopter) ignition techniques.
About 50 fire personnel are assigned to the Cross Fire. Resources include the Kaibab fuels crew, two Kaibab engines, a Kaibab dozer, the Kaibab helitack crew, a Coconino National Forest engine, the Flagstaff Hotshots and the Saguaro Fire Use Module.
As the Cross Fire burns through the forest understory and accumulations of forest debris, it is helping to re-establish the ecological role of fire, promote forest health, and reduce the future risk of large, destructive wildfires. The Cross Fire will likely continue growing over the next several days, as weather conditions are expected to be warmer and drier.
There are no closures associated with the Cross Fire. However, visitors should use caution when traveling in the area and should watch for firefighting vehicles and personnel.
For additional information on the Cross Fire, please visit www.inciweb.org/incident/1717/ or contact Jackie Banks at (928) 635-8314.