Fall 2017 Prescribed Burns

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Fall 2017 Prescribed Burns

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2017-10-19 11:30AM: East Clear Creek burn operations completed
Fire crews have completed daily burn operations on 400 acres for the East Clear Creek prescribed burn project at 11:30AM, Thursday, October 19, 2017. Smoke may be visible or present in the area,... more

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Map of the Coyote and Sawmill prescribed burn projects near Munds Park and south of Mormon Lake.

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Fire managers plan to conduct several prescribed burns over fall 2017 and into spring 2018. 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 by news releases throughout the season and also by the following online resources:


The following list of projects is not comprehensive. Watch for updates as we add the season's planned prescribed burn projects to this site.


Mogollon Rim Ranger District

Sawmill Project

  • Where: The burn area is seven miles southeast of Mormon Lake, east of Lake Mary Road, using Forest Roads 638, 124H, 92C, local topography and FR 6045 as boundaries. (34°49'05.6"N, 111°22'32.4"W)
  • Size: 1,200 acres in total.
  • Closures/Restrictions: None.
  • Smoke Impacts: Smoke is predicted to move toward the east/northeast and may impact local communities such as Mormon Lake Village and motorists on Lake Mary Road. Cooling temperatures in the evenings may cause smoke to settle in the Happy Jack area and drain down nearby canyons.

East Clear Creek Project

  • Where: About four miles east of C.C. Cragin Reservoir.
  • Size: 1,300 acres in total, broken into manageable blocks each day.
  • Closures/Restrictions: None.
  • Smoke Impacts: Smoke is predicted to move toward the east/northeast and may impact local communities in the Blue Ridge area and motorists on state Route 87. Cooling temperatures in the evenings may cause smoke to settle and drain down nearby canyons.

Flagstaff Ranger District

Munds Park and Coyote Park Projects

  • Where: On the east side of I-17 approximately one mile north and immediately south of the community of Munds Park. (34°58'20.92"N x 111°37'59.83"W)
  • Size: Approximately 1,900 acres total.
  • Closures/Restrictions: None.
  • Smoke Impacts: Smoke is predicted to drain down Munds Canyon and impact Sedona and possibly the Village of Oak Creek in the evening and early morning hours. By each afternoon, smoke is predicted to rise and move toward the east/northeast and will be seen by motorists in the area on Lake Mary Road.

Roundup Gash Project

  • Where: Approximately six miles south of Mormon Lake on the west side of Lake Mary Road. (34°50'28.9"N, 111°28'11.7"W)
  • Size: Approximately 2,253 acres total.
  • Closures/Restrictions: None.
  • Smoke Impacts: Smoke is predicted to drain down Rattlesnake Canyon and impact the Village of Oak Creek in the evening and early morning hours. By the each afternoon, smoke is predicted to rise and move toward the east/northeast and will be seen by motorists in the area on Lake Mary Road.

Mustang Burn Project (between Mountainaire and Munds Park)

  • Where: Approximately 10 miles southeast of Flagstaff, east of Interstate 17.
  • Size: 600 acres.
  • Closures/Restrictions: None expected
  • Smoke Impacts: Smoke is predicted to move toward the east/northeast and may be seen by area motorist near I-40, Lake Mary Road and on the east side of Flagstaff. Smoke may settle in the areas of Flagstaff’s Country Club subdivisions, Walnut Canyon and Doney Park during the cooler evening hours and the following morning hours. It is predicted to disperse by the following afternoon.

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Coconino National Forest
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Flagstaff, AZ 86001
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