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Spring 2017 Prescribed Burns

NEWS RELEASE

2017-03-29: Wildland fire training near Crescent Moon; smoke in Sedona area
Sedona, Arizona — The Verde Valley All Hazards Training Association is sponsoring a Wildland Fire Skills Training Day on March 29 at the Crescent Moon day-use area just southwest of downtown Sedona. more

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Map of the prescribed burn training exercise at Crescent Moon, Sedona (March 29, 2017)

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Fire managers plan to conduct several prescribed burns over fall 2016 and spring 2017 in the Kendrick Mountain, Lockett Meadow, Wild Bill Hill, the Peaks, Kachina Village, Mormon Lake, Blue Ridge Urban Interface, Upper Beaver Creek, and the East Clear Creek areas. Projects are dependent upon weather and wind conditions, so they can be cancelled after they have been announced if conditions are not suitable.

Smoke from the burns is generally expected to disperse toward the northeast and may settle in low areas northeast of the specific burn, especially during the evening and early morning hours.

Prescribed fires are essential tools for restoring the forests in our fire-adapted ecosystem, and smoke is an unavoidable byproduct of these vital efforts. Fire managers strive to minimize smoke impacts to the community as much as possible. They burn when winds and other atmospheric conditions will push the majority of smoke away from homes; they’ll burn larger sections at a time to ultimately limit the number of days smoke is in the air; and they work closely with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, partners in the Ponderosa Fire Advisory Council, as well as neighboring forests to monitor air quality.

Crews also seek opportunities to use slash from thinning projects around the community instead of burning it – it is often used as filler at the landfill and offered as firewood to community members. However, no matter how many mechanical means the Forest Service employs to restore forests, fire is a natural and necessary part of this ecosystem, and a restoration tool that cannot be replaced by any mechanical means. Forests need the frequent, low-intensity fire to remove accumulated smaller fuels and recycle nutrients into the soils to promote healthy vegetation and wildlife habitat. A healthier forest is a safer forest for firefighters and residents when wildfires inevitably occur.

Notifications of upcoming prescribed burns are provided regularly throughout the season. The public can find this information online:

Upcoming Prescribed Burns

The following prescribed burns have been scheduled on the Coconino National Forest. Fire managers may need to reschedule or cancel burns based on weather and conditions. Additional prescribed burn information will be added to this list as it becomes available.

Flagstaff Ranger District

No prescribed burns scheduled.

Mogollon Rim Ranger District

No prescribed burns scheduled.

Red Rock Ranger District

Crescent Moon (March 29): 3 acres of grasses. Partial closure of Crescent Moon, Baldwin Trail, and Templeton Trail. Visible smoke and light to moderate smoke impacts expected. Read press release for details.

Planned Prescribed Burns

The following are proposed for prescribed burns on the Coconino National Forest to occur at different times over the the season. Additional prescribed burn information will be added to this list as it becomes available.

Flagstaff Ranger District

Horseshoe-Kendrick 2

693 acres. 35° 29' 22.92"N, 111° 49' 14.85"W

Horseshoe-Kendrick 6

1,714 acres. 35° 27' 49.11"N, 111° 47' 31.66"W

Horseshoe-Kendrick 10

1,531 acres. 35° 24' 48.78"N, 111° 46' 02.38"W

Horseshoe-Wild Bill South 4

1,313 acres. 35° 17' 41.51"N, 111° 49' 20.93"W

Horseshoe-Peaks 4-7

4,000 acres. 35° 24' 18.18"N, 111° 37' 15.56"W

Eastside (Heckathorn/Herald Ranch)

300 acres. 35° 09' 39.41"N, 111° 37' 25.97"W

Lake Mary

700 acres. 35° 05' 51.54"N, 111° 35' 33.99"W

Kachina-Crusher Sink

345 acres. 35° 05' 30"N, 111° 43' 07"W

Kachina-Griffith Springs

300 acres. 35° 05' 48"N, 111° 42' 28"W

Kachina-237

780 acres. 35° 04' 27"N, 111° 41' 45"W

A-1

500 acres. 35° 12' 58.82"N, 111° 44' 41.90"W

Mormon Lake Basin 3 & 5

1,500 acres. 34° 54' 25.61"N, 111° 29' 29.74"W

Mogollon Rim Ranger District

Upper Beaver Creek

2,000 acres. 34° 38' 49"N, 111° 26' 45"W

Clint

600 acres. 34° 35' 4"N, 111° 21' 21"W

Blue Ridge Urban Interface

2,500 acres. 34° 37' 48"N, 111° 9' 59"W

East Clear Creek

4,000 acres. 34° 30' 15"N, 111° 10' 3"W

Red Rock Ranger District

Upper Beaver Creek

1,000 acres. 34° 44' 26"N, 111° 31' 14"W

Completed Prescribed Burns

The following prescribed burns have been scheduled on the Coconino National Forest. Fire managers may need to reschedule or cancel burns based on weather and conditions. Additional prescribed burn information will be added to this list as it becomes available.

Flagstaff Ranger District

None.

Mogollon Rim Ranger District

Bar T Bar (March 20): 950 acres of light grasses and juniper fuels, approximately 16 miles northeast of the Blue Ridge Ranger Station on SR 87.

Red Rock Ranger District

None.


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Current as of
Incident TypePrescribed Fire
Incident CommanderCoconino National Forest

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Coconino National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Arizona
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Incident Contacts

Brady Smith
Phone: 928-527-3490
George Jozens
Phone: 928-527-3412
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