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Labor Fire Continues in Kaibab

Labor Fire Continues in Kaibab
September 09
11:29 2016

Firefighters continued to see moderate growth on the Labor Fire, located on the North Kaibab Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest.Forest-Service SMALL

The fire is currently 272 acres.

Thursday’s operations focused on conducting small-scale burnout operations along Forest Service Road 279.

“By conducting small-scale burnout operations along the 279, we were able to secure the eastern edge of the planning area today and minimize potential smoke impacts to Highway 89A,” said Type-4 Incident Commander trainee James Swapp.

Friday’s operations may include strategic firing operations on several interior ridgetops. As natural flame migration is to travel uphill increasing the risk of a high severity fire, strategic firing operations can be utilized at the top of a ridgeline so flame migration is forced downhill, keeping fire intensity low, decreasing the fire’s rate of spread, and enabling firefighters to limit the severity of smoke impacts; a key concern for North Zone fire managers as they discussed Friday’s operational plan to continue tactical firing operations along Highway 89A, while continuing to monitor weather conditions, fire behavior, and smoke impacts along the highway.

As a reminder to hunters and forest visitors, light smoke impacts to Highway 89A varied throughout the day, and although no traffic delays occurred, drivers are asked to use caution when traveling in the vicinity of firefighting operations, observe all posted signs and any traffic-control measures that may be in place.

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