Prescribed burn on Mingus this week
If conditions are good, the Forest Service will be raising smoke on the Black Hills near Mingus Mountain. The fire this time is intentional.
Prescott National Forest fire officials plan prescribed burns in Mingus Mountain and Bean Peak areas beginning Monday, Sept. 14, through Friday, Sept.18, weather conditions permitting.
Fire officials plan to conduct the Mingus Maintenance burn in the Mingus Springs Camp area (Township 15 N, Range 2 E, Sections 28 and 33), five miles southeast of Potato Patch Campground. The burn will encompass approximately 1,000 acres.
The Bean Peaks prescribed burn is located three miles south of downtown Prescott and will consist of 500 acres.
Both prescribed burns are on-going projects consisting of several past prescribed fire entries which reduce Ponderosa Pine under-growth and thick chaparral vegetation, maintain the health of ponderosa pine stands and, protect the Wildland Urban Interface in the event of a catastrophic wildfire.
Specific days to burn are determined by appropriate air temperatures, wind conditions, humidity and expected weather patterns. Smoke may be visible for numerous days in the surrounding areas. Signs will be posted warning drivers and residents of fire activity. Prescribed burns help remove dead vegetation, invigorate the plant and animal communities, promote a healthy watershed and will help return fire to its natural role in the ecosystem.
For current information on prescribed burns visit http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/prescott or call the Prescott National Forest fire information line at 928-777-5799.
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