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Spring / Summer Prescribed Fire

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

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Prescribed burns planned next week

Spring / Summer Prescribed Fire Prescribed Fire
News – 4/26/2019

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., April 26, 2019 - Coconino National Forest firefighters have planned and prepared to conduct five different prescribed burns at locations across the Flagstaff Ranger District next week, with some operations possibly being conducted simultaneously.

As the weather forecast shows some unsettled conditions, each prescribed fire operation will be conducted when it has the most favorable conditions. As such, these burns might not occur on the days listed below. Firing ignitions begin at approximately 9 a.m. each morning.

Project: Southside #1

  • When: Anytime between April 29 to May 4 (Monday to Thursday).

  • Where: Two miles east of Pine Canyon golf course and 1 mile south of the east Flagstaff Country Club subdivision. GPS: 35.1585333°, -111.5795833°

  • Size: 257 acres.

  • Duration: This is a one-day operation.

  • Smoke Impacts: Ventilation is predicted to move smoke toward the northeast and may impact Interstate 40 east of Flagstaff. Cooling temperatures in the evenings may cause smoke to settle in the low-lying areas surrounding the burn and Walnut Canyon Monument.

  • Closures/Restrictions: This operation will force the rerouting of the Flagstaff Loop Trail to keep users safe. Signs will be in place to direct trail users.

    Project: Horseshoe: Slate #11

  • When: Anytime between April 29 to May 3 (Monday to Friday).

  • Where: Approximately 10 miles north of Flagstaff. GPS: 35.5019340°, -111.8114010°

  • Size: 1,190 acres.

  • Duration: One-day operation.

  • Smoke Impacts: Ventilation is predicted to move smoke toward the northeast. Cooling temperatures in the evenings may cause smoke to settle in the low-lying areas surrounding the burn. This prescribed burn will be next to U.S. Highway 180, and motorists will see smoke, flames and encounter wildland firefighting vehicles along the roadway, so please be cautious.

  • Closures/Restrictions: None.

    Project: Wild Bill: North #8

  • When: Anytime between May 1 to May 3 (Wednesday to Friday).

  • Where: Eleven miles northeast of Flagstaff, near the Lava River Cave. GPS: 35.3427167°, -111.8292167° .

  • Size: 1,303 acres.

  • Duration: One-day operation.

  • Smoke Impacts: Ventilation is predicted to move smoke toward the northeast. Cooling temperatures in the evenings may cause smoke to settle in the low-lying areas surrounding the burn.

  • Closures/Restrictions: For forest visitor’s safety the Lava River Cave trailhead on Forest Road 171B will be closed during the day of the prescribed burn. Smoke may impact U.S. Highway 180 and Interstate 40.

    Project: Wild Bill: South #4

  • When: May 1 to May 3 (Wednesday to Friday).

  • Where: Ten miles northwest of Flagstaff and 4 miles north of Bellemont. GPS: 35.2945333°, -111.8222167°.

  • Size: 1,313 acres.

  • Duration: One-day operation.

  • Smoke Impacts: Ventilation is predicted to move smoke toward the northeast. Cooling temperatures in the evenings may cause smoke to settle in the low-lying areas surrounding the burn and the I-40 corridor near Bellemont. Smoke may impact U.S. Highway 180 and Interstate 40.

  • Closures/Restrictions: None.

    Project: Wild Bill: South #5

  • When: April 30 to May 3 (Tuesday to Friday).

  • Where: Twelve miles northwest of Flagstaff and 4 miles north of Bellemont. GPS: 35.2949500°, -111.8482167°.

  • Size: 1,595 acres.

  • Duration: One-day operation.

  • Smoke Impacts: Ventilation is predicted to move smoke toward the northeast. Cooling temperatures in the evenings may cause smoke to settle in the low-lying areas surrounding the burn and the I-40 corridor near Bellemont. Smoke may impact U.S. Highway 180 and Interstate 40.

  • Closures/Restrictions: None.

    The burns are part of a strategy to allow fire across the landscape in order to restore forests to healthier conditions and improve the safety of the communities around them. Frequent, low-intensity fire removes accumulated smaller fuels and recycles nutrients in the soils to promote healthy vegetation and wildlife habitat. A healthier forest is a safer forest for firefighters and residents when wildfires inevitably occur.

    Prescribed burns are always dependent upon weather and wind conditions, as well as approval from Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ). The public can view approved prescribed burns on ADEQ’s website at smoke.azdeq.gov. Coconino National Forest burns begin with the designation “COF.”

    Notifications of upcoming prescribed burns are provided regularly by news releases throughout the season and the following online resources: