Unexploded artillery, volcanic soils complicate efforts to fight AZ wildfire [From the web]
FLAGSTAFF, AZ, June 17, 2019 (Tucson Sentinel) -Amidst the sweet-smelling smoke of ponderosa pine, wildland firefighters are laboring to maintain – not extinguish – a wildfire burning in the Coconino National Forest northeast of Flagstaff.
Their work is made more complicated by two factors: unusual volcanic soil and a “no-go zone”: a decommissioned artillery range the Army suspects contains unexploded ordnance from the 1940s and ’50s. On the firefighters’ 15,000-acre planning map, the zone is marked with a large black circle.
After the lightning-caused Maroon Fire was detected May 16, the U.S. Forest Service decided to control and manage the fire rather ...