Verde Ranger District plans prescribed burns through July 30
Smoke visible from I-17, Highway 169, and Verde Valley
PRESCOTT – Fire mangers on the Verde Ranger District are planning to conduct grassland burns sometime between the dates of June 1 and July 30, when the conditions are most favorable for a successful outcome.
Smoke will be highly visible from I-17, Highway 169, the Verde Valley, Dewey/Humboldt and areas immediately surrounding the burn site.
No road or trail closures are in effect and the public is asked to use caution when in and around the burn areas and while traveling on I-17.
Five burns are planned in the Aqua Fria Grasslands east of I-17 and south of the I-17 & Highway 169 junction; south to the forest boundary.
The objectives of the burns are to improve native vegetation condition and distribution by reducing shrub and juniper encroachment into the grasslands and reduce current stands of brush by up to 70%.
Fire mangers plan to burn up to 70% of available grass and other herbaceous fuels within the selected burn areas which will allow a return to more natural mosaic brush/grass patters and a restoration of tobosa grass; and minimize or eliminate juniper and woody shrub encroachment into grassland areas.
All prescribed fire activity is dependent on the availability of personnel and equipment, weather forecasts, fuels moisture levels and conditions that minimize smoke impacts as best as possible and approval from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (www.azdeq.gov).
Messages will be posted to social media when managed fires are ignited on the Prescott National Forest,
-- Information provided by Prescott National Forest.