The Warm Fire was started by lightning on June 8. The fire met the criteria for wildland fire use spelled out in the Kaibab National Forest's land and fire management plans, and federal wildland fire management policies. The forest managed the Warm Fire as a wildland fire use fire for approximately two and a half weeks. However, the fire escaped the boundaries prescribed for wildland fire use and burned about 40,000 acres in the central part of the Kaibab Plateau from June 25, when fire managers shifted from a wildland fire use to a suppression strategy, until it was contained on July 4. Much of that area burned at a high intensity and suffered severe fire effects. The Kaibab National Forest and its partners are now developing a series of post-fire monitoring, research and recovery projects, and reviewing management of the fire to learn lessons about future wildland fire use management on the Kaibab Plateau.
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