FREDONIA, Ariz. - The Hollow Fire on the North Kaibab Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest remains active despite recent monsoonal activity. Heavy precipitation during recent weeks led to a decrease in fire activity, but fire managers reported Sept. 30 that fire activity has resumed due to drying trends.
The fire is managed for resource objectives that include restoring fire to a fire-adapted ecosystem and removing hazardous accumulations of fuel from the forest. The fire started by lightning strike on Aug. 30, and grew to 248 acres before heavy rainfall slowed its growth. Fire managers report that the fire grew by about an acre on Thursday, September 29.
The fire is located within the ponderosa pine forest type, about two miles west of Dry Park and Forest Road 206, and half a mile east of Bee Spring Point. The proposed management area for the fire is about 1,470 acres.
Light smoke has been occasionally visible from Highway 67 and in the Dry Park area during active burning. Smoke from the Moquitch prescribed burn has also been visible to communities north and northeast of the plateau. Fire managers will work to keep smoke impacts to a minimum, but will also continue to use ignition operations as needed.
The forest advises the public to avoid travelling on Forest Road 425 between the junctions with Forest Road 206 and Forest Road 272A, and on Forest Road 207, until Hollow Fire management operations have concluded.
For more information, please contact Public Affairs Specialist Patrick Lair at (928) 643-8172.