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Tusayan Ranger District officials have decided to manage two fires, Armstrong and Skinner, under one organization called the Skinner Complex. The fires in the Complex are the Armstrong (2,500 acres) and the Skinner (1,339 acres). The lightning-caused fires are located eight to eighteen miles southeast of Tusayan.
The highest priority on all incidents remains firefighter and public safety. The resource objectives for the Complex include returning fire to a fire-adapted ecosystem, enhancing wildlife habitat and protecting private property, cultural and range resources.
|Date of Origin||Wednesday August 31st, 2011 approx. 07:00 AM|
|Location||8 miles southeast of Tusayan|
|Incident Commander||Aaron Hulburd|
Ponderosa pine, grass, pinyon-juniper
Mostly a backing fire with 6-12 inch flame lengths and occasional torching.
The fires are in Game Management Unit 9. Elk archery season begins Sept. 9 in this unit. We are coordinating with AZ Game and Fish to get advance notice about fire activity out to hunters.
Crews will continue management ignitions along Forest Roads 302 and 304 to meet resource objectives, weather permitting.
Possible smoke impacts to Tusayan and the Grandview area.
|Wind Conditions||5 mph SW|