On Monday, smoke could be spotted from multiple areas around Coconino County.
Smoke near Fort Valley
Fire officials are conducting controlled burns in the experimental forest in Fort Valley along U.S. Highway 180, causing smoke in the area on Monday.
The burns were originally planned for Tuesday, but were pushed forward due to staffing and weather conditions. The area will also produce smoke on Tuesday.
The Forest Service expects wind to carry smoke to the south-southwest throughout the day. Additionally, they suggested slowing down on the roadways in the smoke. The forest is managed as a part of Northern Arizona University's ongoing research and testing of prescribed fires in the northern Arizona area.
Firefighters are responding to a small wildfire near the Cinder Hill off highway vehicles (OHV) area in Winona on Monday, according to U.S. Forest Service officials.
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The fire was reported at 10:06 a.m. in the area, and was last seen burning at a single acre, according to George Jozens, spokesman for the Coconino National Forest. The fire is burning six miles southeast of Sunset Crater National Monument.
"Anytime we have a fire in the cinders, in the OHV area, it's a concern," Jozens said. "Those fires are hard to put out because there's not a lot of soil that stuff grows in. The fire can burn in those cinders for quite awhile."
Smoke near Blue Ridge
U.S. Forest Service fire officials are burning 300 acres near the Blue Ridge Ranger Station on Monday.
The operation is not expected to cause any closures or restrictions and should be completed by the end of the day.
Smoke is predicted to move toward the northeast and impact the Blue Ridge communities, Winslow, Holbrook and state Route 87. The smoke will settle in the low-lying areas surrounding Blue Ridge and the Moqui Draw.