2017-11-27: Today's Victorine burn postponed due to high winds
Incident: Coconino NF 2018 Pile, Prescribed Burns Prescribed Fire
Camp Verde, Arizona — The Victorine prescribed burn project (map) on the Mogollon Rim Ranger District, slated to begin this morning (Monday, November 27, 2017) 11 miles southeast of Clint’s Well, has been postponed until tomorrow (Tuesday, November 28) due to high winds predicted today.
If the weather and winds are favorable tomorrow, the 2,000-acre project will begin at approximately 9-10 a.m., and the project is expected to last Tuesday through Friday.
Smoke is predicted to move toward the east and northeast, which may impact local communities such as Clear Creek Pines, Fisher Tank Properties, Pine Canyon and Starlight Pines, Starlight Pines Ranchettes, Ponderosa Pines, Mogollon Ranch and motorists on state Route 87. Cooling temperatures in the evenings may cause smoke to settle in the Happy Jack area and drain down nearby canyons.
Additionally, Flagstaff Ranger District fire managers plan to conduct a 500-acre prescribed burn on the Horseshoe-Kendrick project (map) on Wednesday or Thursday (November 29 or November 30) if the weather is favorable.
This project is located approximately two miles north of Kendrick Mountain, and smoke may impact U.S. Highway 180 in the immediate area of the burn as it moves toward the east/northeast.
Prescribed burn projects require approval from Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) and are dependent upon weather and wind conditions, so any or all projects could be canceled if approval is denied or conditions are not suitable.
The public can view approved prescribed burns on ADEQ’s website at smoke.azdeq.gov. Burns on the Coconino National Forest begin with the Forest’s identifier “COF.”
Notifications of upcoming prescribed burns are provided regularly by news releases throughout the season and also by the following online resources:
- Sign up to receive news releases from Coconino NF: www.fs.fed.us/news/subscription.shtml
- Coconino NF’s Inciweb page: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/unit/303/ (under Fall 2017 prescribed burns)
- Coconino NF’s Twitter account: www.twitter.com/CoconinoNF
- Coconino NF public website: www.coconinonationalforest.us (Under News and Events)
- Coconino NF’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/coconinonf