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Coconino NF 2018 Spring Prescribed burns

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Coconino National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1824 S. Thompson St.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

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Fire managers plan to conduct several prescribed burns in 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:

Watch for News and Announcements for additional information as these projects are scheduled (typically announced late the week before the burn). See ADEQ Daily Burn Requests for today's approved burn projects (fire managers may cancel the day's project if conditions are not optimal). See ADEQ Portable Particulate Monitor for current information on air quality around northern Arizona.

Basic Information

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Incident TypePrescribed Fire
Date of OriginMonday April 02nd, 2018 approx. 09:00 AM
Incident DescriptionPrescribed Spring Project
Coordinates35.187 latitude, -111.674 longitude