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Platypus fire

Platypus fire 

Fire managers with the Coconino National Forest continue monitoring and utilizing several lightning-caused fires to benefit the landscape and maintain a healthy ecosystem.

Monsoon weather and precipitation may extinguish any of these wildfires at any time, which would bring the fire to a conclusion. 

The Deer Fire, burning about 8 miles southwest of C.C. Cragin Reservoir is burning at 1200 acres. The fire received rain Wednesday afternoon, shifting smoke to the Strawberry and Verde Valley areas. 

The Seep fire, which is 3 miles north of Kendrick Park, east of state Route 180 along Forest Roads 523 is currently at 4,000 acres. Smoke impacts could affected Highway 89 Thursday, possibly continuing into Friday. 

The 3,922-acre Bristow, burning about 6 miles southeast of Munds Park and east of Interstate 17 is creating less smoke, as winds and storms drive it east. Smoke continues to settle early mornings on I-17 south of Munds Park.

Additionally, fire managers with the Coconino National Forest are using all of the ground suppression efforts possible on the Platypus, Rhino and Surveyor Fires north of Sedona. 

Sedona is receiving smoke usually overnight, which then lifts as the day warms up. Thursday smoke did not lift very high. Flagstaff may be seeing smoke from these three fires as well, especially in Kachina Village and east of 89A. Oak Creek Canyon is also affected.

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