According to the Forest Service, the Platypus and Rhino wildfires have experienced an increase in fire activity with the weather drying out and hotter temperatures returning in northern Arizona’s Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness.
The two fires are burning in hazardous and rugged terrain in the wilderness north of Sedona and are predicted to merge this week.
Fire managers will conduct burnout operations to minimize fire progression to the north and also prevent fire spread to the east into Bear Sign Canyon.
Residents in Flagstaff, Fort Tuthill, Sedona, Village of Oak Creek, Winona and surrounding areas should expect an increase in smoke. Residents in low lying areas should expect heavier smoke during the nighttime and early morning hours.
Both fires were caused by monsoon lightning in July.