Prescribed Fire For The Week Of May 17

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Pending favorable conditions, fire managers are planning to conduct several prescribed burns in the Coconino National Forest.

In the Mogollon Rim District, up to 2,000 acres will be burned in an area, six miles northwest of Clints Well. This maintenance burn mimics fire’s natural cycle. Forecas winds are expected to carry smoke north. Smoke may be visible from FH 3 and I-17 and drain into West Clear Creek overnight.

In the Peaks and Mormon Lake Districts, burns include:

• East Side Project – Around 300 acres will be burned 5 miles east of Flagstaff, between I-40 and Old Walnut Canyon Road. Smoke may be visible from I-40 and Walnut Canyon area.

• Fort Valley Project – Around 150 acres will be burned 4 miles northwest of downtown Flagstaff, northeast of Fort Valley Road.

Smoke may be visible from Fort Valley Road and Baderville.

• Ritter Project – Crews will burn around 300 acres 10 miles south of Flagstaff, east of I-17 at Newman Park exit. Smoke may be visible from I-17 and Munds Park.

All prescribed fire activity is dependent on personnel availability, weather – including ventilation conditions, and approval from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (www.azdeq.gov). We understand that smoke created during prescribed burning projects impacts people in our community. We strive to keep community members informed of our fire management plans and activities.

Comments

Scherry Duncan 4 years, 7 months ago

Why conduct prescribed burns when there's higher winds in spring? The Tonto National Forest lists fire danger "high" and the SWCC website states "in spite of the wetter than usual winter, spring winds have blown off a lot of the surface moisture and increased fire dangers... everyone must be careful". Does that not apply to government agencies? I understand "controlled burning" is an important forest management tool but we don't need a repeat of last year's out of control burns, especially with the current economic situation.

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