Spring 2017 Prescribed Burns

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Spring 2017 Prescribed Burns

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INCIDENT UPDATED 6/2/2017

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Horseshoe Project, north of the San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff, April 20, 2017. Photo by True Brown, USFS Coconino NF

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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 & Current 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

A-1: 500 acres planned for the week of May 1, likely mid-week. A-1 Mountain area near Braken Ranch Subdivision. Smoke may settle into Belemont and Baderville.

Red Rock Ranger District

No burns scheduled for the week.

Mogollon Rim Ranger District

UBC (Jacks Canyon and Banfield): Weather permitting, an additional 1,000 acres are planned for the week of May 1, continuing from last week's burns totaling around 2,300 acres. 3,500 acres total are planned for the entire Upper Beaver Creek (UBC) project, six miles south of the Happy Jack Work Station, near Hollingshead Mountain, FRs 83 and 83A. Smoke is predicted to disperse northeast, potentially impacting Lake Mary Road. Smoke will be visible from Lake Mary Road and I-17. Cooling temperatures in the evenings may cause smoke to settle and drain down nearby canyons, potentially West Clear Creek and the Verde Valley.

Upcoming Prescribed Burns by Other Organizations

The following prescribed burns have been scheduled by other locale organizations. Please contact the listed organization for additional information.

No known prescribed burns scheduled.

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

Lake Mary (April 12): 600 acres. Approximately six miles southeast of Flagstaff near Lower Lake Mary Picnic Area.

Eastside (Pine Canyon) (April 19): 470 acres. One mile south of Flagstaff, near the Pine Canyon subdivision.

Horseshoe (April 19-20): 1,600 acres. North of the San Francisco Peaks, 13 miles north of Flagstaff, four miles east of Kendrick Park.

Kachina (April 26): 260 acres near Kachina Village.

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.

Upper Beaver Creek (Hollingshead Mountain): Burn operations were performed April 26-28 for a total of around 2300 acres. 3,500 acres total planned to continue week of May 1. Six miles south of the Happy Jack Work Station, near Hollingshead Mountain, FRs 83 and 83A.

Red Rock Ranger District

Crescent Moon (March 29): 3 acres of grasses. Read press release for details.

Upper Beaver Creek (Stoneman Lake): 400 acres Friday, April 21, three miles south of Stoneman Lake.

List of the Season's Planned Prescribed Burns by By Geographic Coordinates

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


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Current as of
Incident TypePrescribed Fire
Incident CommanderCoconino National Forest

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Due to conditions and weather, prescribed burn projects for the spring season are currently on hold.

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