Sedona residents air concerns over serious smoke

Posted at 5:49 AM, Jun 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-08 01:07:40-04

Forest officials will address concerns Wednesday over a trio of lightning caused-wildfires that were allowed to burn for weeks in northern Arizona.

Smoke from the fires clouded Sedona, led to a reduced speed limit on Interstate 17 near Munds Park and settled over parts of the Verde Valley.

The Coconino National Forest managed the fires to cut down on heavy fuels on the forest floor. Work on at least one was cut short over complaints about the smoke.

The lead photo in the Sedona newspaper over the weekend showed a smoke-filled landscape. Above it read: "A Bowlful of Smoke for Breakfast."

Forest officials will explain at the Wednesday meeting in Sedona how they decide whether to let fires burn or suppress them. The public then can ask questions.