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2020 Rx Burns

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

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2020 Rx Burns Prescribed Fire
News – 11/18/2019

Coconino National Forest firefighters plan to conduct prescribed burns next week in several areas that have been previously postponed due to earlier conditions that would have heavily impacted communities with smoke.

These burns are among the prescribed burn projects planned for the Flagstaff Ranger District and the Mogollon Rim Ranger District this fall and are part of a strategy to allow fire treatment across the landscape in order to restore forests to healthier conditions, protect watersheds and improve the safety of the communities around them.

Frequent, low-intensity fire removes accumulated 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.

The prescribed burn projects listed below are in chronological order and may occur on days other than noted, depending on favorable weather conditions. Firing ignitions for each of these projects begin around 10 a.m. on the mornings indicated.

Mint 5

  • When: Monday (Nov. 18), depending on weather conditions and smoke impacts.

  • Where: Flagstaff Ranger District. Approximately 31 miles south of Flagstaff, immediately south of Mormon Lake Village. GPS: 34.848744, -111.452362

  • Size: 322 Acres
    Duration: This will be a one-day operation.

  • Method/Type of burn: This is a broadcast maintenance burn using drip torches. The burn operation will reduce the chance of catastrophic wildfire, improve forest health and protect private property.

  • Smoke Impacts: Smoke is forecast is to move toward the west and southwest. Cooling temperatures in the evenings will cause smoke to settle in the low-lying areas surrounding the burn, potentially effecting Bear Park, Mormon Lake Village and other communities near the Lake Mary Road corridor.

  • Closures/Restrictions: None expected. 


  • When: Monday, and possibly Tuesday (Nov. 18, 19).

  • Where: Mogollon Rim Ranger District. Approximately 6.5 miles southeast of the Mogollon Rim Ranger District office, west of Leonard Canyon and east of Forest Road 137. GPS: 34.540829, -111.104980

  • Size: 1,000 acres.

  • Duration: This will be a one- or two-day burn operation.

  • Type of Burn: This is a broadcast maintenance burn using drip torches. This burn operation will reduce the chance of catastrophic wildfire, protect private property, benefit wildlife habitat and improve forest health.

  • Smoke Impacts: Daytime winds are forecast from the northeast. Smoke should lift and disperse toward the southwest of the project area over the Verde Valley during the day. Overnight smoke could settle in the local burn area, Blue Ridge communities, and will probably drain down East Clear Creek. Smoke may end up in the eastern side of the Verde Valley until daytime temperatures rise enough to lift the smoke into the transport winds.

  • Closures/Restrictions: None expected.