Expect smoke in the air from managed fires
VERDE VALLEY - National Forests across Northern Arizona are taking advantage of the cooler but dryer weather to finish prescribed burning.
Both the Prescott and the Coconino forests have burns planned that will be visible by Verde Valley residents.
Depending on favorable conditions, fire specialists on the Prescott National Forest are tentatively planning several burns Oct. 18-22.
The most visible will be the Crater Mountain Project burning about 200-acres in the Cherry area.
Fire crews will also be working the Groom Creek Project, south of Prescott and vegetative piles near Ponderosa Park, Spruce Mountain, or Horsethief Basin.
Prescott NF Fire Information Hotline: (928) 777-5799
The rain in the forecast will play a large role in the prescribed fire plans on the Coconino National Forest. Fuels could be wet enough for prescribed pile burns. If rain isn't substantial and fuels become dry enough, fire managers may consider broadcast burning. Coconino crews are tentatively planning pile burns behind Mountainaire and in Oak Creek Canyon, slash piles south of Pine Flat Campground, for Monday, Oct. 18, depending on the amount of precipitation the areas receive.
In addition, fire management crews may conduct burns Monday as part of Upper Beaver Creek Project near the junction of Stoneman Lake Road and Lake Mary Road. Upper Beaver Creek Project will include 150-250/day acres west of Forest Highway 3 (Lake Mary Road) between Stoneman Lake Road (FR 213) and Happy Jack. Expect smoke impacts to Stoneman Lake and the Verde Valley.
The Coconino Forest also is working the Kachina Project south of Kachina Village and the Woody Project, southwest of Flagstaff.
All prescribed fire activity is dependent on weather - including ventilation conditions, personnel availability and approval from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.
Prescott NF Forest Website: www.fs.fed.us/r3/prescott.
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