The Platypus and Rhino fires are becoming the fires that won’t die. Both fires continue to burn in areas about six miles northwest of Sedona in the Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness. Both fires combined have burned over 23-hundred acres. The fires are burning in hazardous terrain in the wilderness and are expected to merge this week. The fires are producing smoke from heavy fuel loading, making it visible from Sedona to Flagstaff during the day. Smoke is expected to drift into Flagstaff and settle in low lying areas during the nighttime and early morning hours. Burnout operations continue to eliminate fuels where the fire can burn.