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The recent precipitation in northern Arizona has helped make conditions ripe for prescribed pile burning. Fire managers on the Coconino National Forest are conducting prescribed pile burns in three different locations today, Tuesday, Feb. 1:

  • Oak Creek Canyon
  • south of I-40 and Little America off Harold Ranch Road
  • northeast of Lake Mary Road near the Heckethorn neighborhood.


U.S. Forest ServiceLight smoke will be in the area during ignition. Piles are smaller and should be completely consumed before the day’s end, leaving little residual smoke. Crews anticipate continuing to conduct pile burns in these areas for the next couple of weeks as conditions allow.

All prescribed fire activity is dependent on personnel availability, weather – including ventilation, and approval from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.

Fire managers work hard to balance the critical need for reducing the risk of severe wildfires with the importance of minimizing smoke impacts to communities. The Coconino National Forest coordinates prescribed fire plans with the partners in the Ponderosa Fire Advisory Council (which includes local fire departments), as well as neighboring forests, to reduce the overall impact of smoke on the communities.

The public can obtain prescribed fire information via the following:

 

Local Ranger Stations:

  • Red Rock Ranger District, Sedona, 203-2900;
  • Peaks Ranger District, Flagstaff, (928) 526-0866
  • Mogollon Rim Ranger District, Blue Ridge,  (928) 477-2255
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