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Photo of the Mormon Lake Ranger Station signMormon Lake Ranger District is located on the Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff Arizona. The Coconino National Forest has 4 different ranger districts, Mormon Lake, Mogollon Rim, Peaks and Sedona districts. There is 1.8 million acres of timber, grasslands and junipers on the Coconino. Staffed at the Mormon Lake RD there is 1 type 3 engine, 2 type 6 engines, 1 type 2 water tender, 1 type 2 dozer and 1 type 1 IHC.

Fire season typically starts mid April and runs through mid October depending on weather. Engine crew members generally work 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. Some shifts may require working 8 hours or more due to fire danger or on scene of a fire. Crew members may be required to work overtime days for staffing reasons or fire danger severity. Crew members are on a on call basis 24 hours a day 7 days a week. All crew members will adhere to the 2 to 1 rest ratio. This scheduled is maintained due to Initial Attack on the district.

Lightning Initial Attack - Mormon Lake Engine crew.

2003 fire season 139 Initial Attack
2004 fire season 64 Initial Attack
2005 fire season 84 Initial Attack
2006 fire season 64 Initial Attack
2007 fire season 88 Initial Attack
2008 fire season 53 Initial Attack
2009 fire season 65 Initial Attack


Beginning mid April thru the middle of July is when fire danger is very high to extreme. Engine crew members will be at a constant state of readiness. Engine crews work closely with the local fire departments near Flagstaff for initial attack. Typically July is the start of the monsoons. The first couple storms produce dry lightning which keeps crews busy until storms start producing rain. During the monsoon time the forest can have up to 30 incidents in one day, mostly single tree lightning fires. Expect to work long hours during this time.


Once fire conditions have lowered on the district, crew members may have the chance to travel out of state for fire support or to assist in initial attack. Off forest assignments can last up to 14 days or longer depending on the needs of the off forest office. Crew members may also be asked to fill in with the local Hotshot crew for assignments.


 



 


Beginning mid April