Prescribed Fire Planned This Week

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Fire managers are planning a prescribed fire for Thursday and Friday 18 miles north of Clints Well.

All prescribed fire activity is dependent on personnel availability, weather, ventilation conditions, and approval from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.

The Bar T Bar Project, in the Mogollon Rim District, includes burning up to 3,000 acres on Thursday and Friday.

The burn will take place in a remote area near the forest boundary, about 18 north east of Clints Well and six miles east of Highway 87, near Red Hill and East Clear Creek.

The objective of the burn is to maintain and enhance grassland ecosystem. Crews will first burn perimeter lines in the morning, and then ignite the interior. The fire will burn quickly through the grasses and understory, mimicking a fire’s natural cycle. Increased humidity and monsoon moisture is forecasted in the days following the treatment. Hot, dry conditions are necessary for this use of prescribed fire to stimulate grass growth and eradicate encroaching juniper trees. Smoke may be visible from Highway 87, but will quickly disperse by nightfall.

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