Forest Service Has Prescribed Fire Of 5,000 Acres Planned Near Young

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Pleasant Valley Ranger District fire officials will start a prescribed fire along both sides of Highway 288 in the Cherry analysis area beginning at the end of October and continuing through November.

“Dependent upon weather and air quality conditions, a black line will be put around several burn blocks and we will treat up to several hundred acres each day,” said Jeremy Human, fuels specialist.

“After the blackline is complete, we will conduct the aerial ignition of the interior portion of the burn blocks, which total approximately 5,000 acres. Prescription fire requests must be approved by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality for each day of the burning operations.”

Residual smoke will be seen for a several days after ignition.  

• Boundaries for the Peters Corral block are: Beginning at Forest Service Road 238 and State Highway 288, south on Highway 288 to Forest Service Road 416 (Buzzard Roost Road) west along Forest Service Road 416, north to private land boundary, continuing east along southern boundary of private land, at the southeast corner north to junction of private land and Forest Service Road 238, north along southern side of Forest Service Road 238 to the starting point.

• Boundaries for the Squaw Mesa block are: The northern boundary is Graveyard Canyon beginning at the confluence with State Highway 288 east to the bluff line, south along the bluff line of Squaw Mesa to its junction with Forest Service Road 203, west to Highway 288, and north on Highway 288 to the starting point.

This individual burn block was blacklined to the north and east last spring and fall; there are 1,300 acres remaining within the interior of the block.

• Boundaries for the Snow Tank block are: The southern boundary is Graveyard Canyon beginning at the confluence with State Highway 288 east to a two-track trail, west along the two-track (old dump road) to its junction with Highway 288, south on Highway 288 to the starting point at Graveyard Canyon. For information about prescribed fire and mechanical fuels reduction operations, call the Pleasant Valley Ranger District at (928) 462-4300. To report a wildland fire, call (480) 457-1555 or (866) 746-6516.

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