Officials in the Kaibab National Forest are managing three lightning-caused wildfires for the benefit of land management objectives.
The Pine Ridge fire, which is burning about 5 acres, and the half-acre JD fire were both discovered on July 8 and are located in the southern portion of the Williams Ranger District near Pine Flat. The single-acre Blue Fire is located about 5 miles east of Red Butte in the Tusayan Ranger District.
All three fires are being monitored closely and managed so that they burn as they naturally would over the landscape -- a tactic that benefits forest resources by reducing hazardous fuel accumulations and restoring overall forest health.
Crews are able to let the fires burn due to recent monsoon moisture and forecasted rains, which ensure moderate fire intensity and minimal fire growth.
Smoke from the fires may be visible at times from the surrounding areas. In addition, motorists are asked to be aware of fire personnel and vehicles and use caution when driving near the vicinity of these fires.