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Flagstaff prescribed burns are a familiar occurrence to those living in and around the Coconino National Forest.

Flagstaff prescribed burns are conducted each fall, winter, and early spring. These seasons provide conditions suitable for conducting small prescribed burns.

Wind, humidity and other factors must be within acceptable tolerances for the Forest Service to conduct a specific prescribed burn.

Each of the prescribed burns is planned and scheduled in advance... and a specific prescribed burn may be delayed because conditions change.

Crews conduct the burns with an emphasis on safety and control. Crews are on-scene before, during, and after each burn is conducted.

Reducing the fuel available to a wildfire and protecting our communities and forests are worth the occasional smoky (and sometimes stinky) conditions.

 

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Prescribed fire activity is dependent on personnel availability, weather – including winds and ventilation, and approval from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (www.azdeq.gov).

Fire managers make every effort to minimize smoke impacts to the communities while continuing to address the critical need to reduce the risk of severe wildfires around those communities. Tactics to keep smoke impacts as minimal as possible include cancelling burns when conditions aren’t favorable, finding alternative uses for the debris in slash piles, timing ignitions to allow the majority of smoke time to disperse prior to settling overnight, and burning larger sections at a time when conditions are favorable to reduce the overall number of days smoke is in the area.

In addition, the Coconino National Forest coordinates prescribed fire plans with the partners of the Ponderosa Fire Advisory Council (which includes state and local fire departments), as well as neighboring forests, to reduce the impact of smoke on the communities.

The public can obtain additional prescribed fire information via the following:

  • Prescribed Fire Hotline: 928-226-4607
  • Coconino National Forest Website: www.fs.usda.gov/coconino
    • Click on “Prescribed Fire” on the right of the page
  • Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/CoconinoNF
  • Local Ranger Stations: Flagstaff Ranger District, 928-526-0866; Red Rock Ranger District (Sedona) 928-203-2900; Mogollon Rim Ranger District (Blue Ridge) 928-477-2255

 

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As a reminder, when fire managers are deciding whether to suppress a wildland fire, manage it for resource benefits, or even to begin ignition on a prescribed fire project, they consider conditions such as location, weather, and potential size, behavior, and direction.  Conditions may warrant suppression strategies in some locations while conditions in other areas are suitable for prescribed fire ignition.

 

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Low-intensity fire moves across the forest floor, removing hazardous fuels and recycling valuable nutrients into the soils,  during the A-1 prescribed fire Oct 23, 2014. Interstate 40 can be seen to the right. Photo by Beale Monday, Coconino National Forest

 

After 100 years of actively suppressing fire in our national forests, the clinical report is in. Our forests are unhealthy and the prescription for getting them back to a healthy state is -- fire.

When the land now contained within the boundaries of the National Forests were in a natural state, fires swept through in a two to six year cycle. These fires were low intensity and effectively controlled the understory of the forest, eliminating fuels on a regular basis.

The Forest Service is now endeavoring to replicate the natural process with prescribed burning and mechanical treatment. Burning will take place when various conditions such as humidity, wind direction, speed, and fuels moisture make it safe and effective to burn.

 

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October 29, 2014

Coconino National Forest

 

Fort Valley and Blue Ridge prescribed planned for tomorrow

 

Flagstaff, Ariz. – Ignitions are underway for the Blue Ridge Urban Interface Project south of Hwy 87. Crews will burn up to 520 acres today. Smoke is expected on Hwy 87 and in the Blue Ridge communities overnight and during the early morning hours. Pending favorable conditions, fire managers anticipate burning approximately 1000 acres Thursday.

Because conditions in the Rocky Park Project are unsuitable for a successful burn, fire managers have cancelled today’s plans and will not burn in this area for the remainder of the week.

Instead, crews will move to the Fort Valley Project north of Flagstaff tomorrow; increased winds in the forecast Thursday and Friday will aid crews in managing smoke impacts to the community. Efforts will take place on multiple units scattered within the Fort Valley Experimental Forest off Hwy 180, for a combined total of 475 acres (see map on Inciweb). Smoke is forecast to rise and disperse over the San Francisco Peaks. The forecast calls for winds to continue throughout Thursday night and Friday, helping to keep residual smoke from settling in the community. If winds decrease, smoke will likely pool into Fort Valley and follow the Rio de Flag into Cheshire and portions of Flagstaff overnight.

 

 

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October 28, 2014

Coconino National Forest

 

BRUI and Rocky Park prescribed burns to continue tomorrow

 

Flagstaff, Ariz. – Ignitions are underway for both the Blue Ridge Urban Interface and Rocky Park Projects today, and fire managers are planning to continue burning efforts on these projects tomorrow.

· Blue Ridge Urban Interface Project – Crews will burn up to 700 acres today southeast of the Blue Ridge Ranger Station and south of Hwy 87 near the Blue Ridge subdivisions. Smoke will likely be noticeable on Hwy 87 and in the Blue Ridge communities overnight and during the early morning hours. Fire managers are planning to continue this project Wednesday with a 520-acre burn.

· Rocky Park Project – Crews will burn up to 153 acres approximately 30 miles south of Flagstaff on the east side of I-17 near the Rocky Park exit. Smoke will disperse to the northwest during the day. Residual smoke will follow canyons and drainages overnight, settling toward I-17 and the Verde Valley. A 387-acre burn is tentatively planned for Wednesday.

· Fire managers may also conduct small burns on research blocks in Fort Valley north of Flagstaff later this week if conditions are suitable.

 

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 ADEQ, 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 we employ to restore our 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 throughout the season. The public can find this information online or through the recorded hotline. Contact your local Coconino National Forest office for additional information.

nciweb: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4125  

Prescribed Fire Hotline: 928-226-4607

Twitter: www.twitter.com/CoconinoNF

Coconino website “News and Events”: www.coconinonationalforest.us 

 

 

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October 28, 2014

Ponderosa Fire Advisory Council

 

Flagstaff FD prescribed fire public notice

 

The Flagstaff Fire Department’s Wildland Fire Management Crew tentatively plans to conduct a 12 acre prescribed broadcast burn tomorrow, Wednesday 10/29, in the Linwood Heights area located in the northwest corner of the city (T21N, R7E, Sec. 5).  Objectives of planned operations are to reduce the risk of devastating wildfire while helping maintain and improve key ecological components crucial to overall forest health and resiliency. 

Forecasts indicate favorable winds will likely disperse smoke to the northwest and away from town during the day.  Overall, smoke is expected to be relatively light and of short duration due to the small acreage to be burned and relatively light fuel conditions resulting from previous burn operations at this site.  Smoke may be visible from Highway 180, Hidden Hollow, Linwood, Cheshire and may settle in these areas overnight although it is expected to be minimal.

Plans are tentative and dependent upon the arrival of forecast weather conditions and approval for the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.      

Please contact the Flagstaff Fire Department Administrative Office with any questions at (928) 213-2500.

 

 

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October 27, 2014

Coconino National Forest

 

Prescribed burning plans changing this week to adjust to conditions

 

Flagstaff, Ariz. – Crews have begun ignitions on the 320-acre prescribed burn on the BLUE RIDGE URBAN INTERFACE PROJECT, and intend to continue burning in this project area all week if conditions are favorable. Smoke may be noticeable on Hwy 87 and in the Blue Ridge communities overnight and in the early morning hours.

Red Rock Ranger District fire managers have cancelled the OAK CREEK CANYON burn planned for today and are evaluating opportunities to try again next week.

To minimize smoke impacts to Flagstaff, fire managers will not burn on the EASTSIDE PROJECT near Pine Canyon today due to unfavorable ventilation conditions. They will instead focus efforts on the ROCKY PARK PROJECT located approximately 30 miles south of Flagstaff on the east side of I-17 near the Rocky Park exit. Crews are planning to burn up to 1,600 acres beginning with approximately 150 acres tomorrow (Tuesday. Oct 28). Smoke will disperse to the northwest during the day. Residual smoke will follow canyons and drainages overnight, settling toward I-17 and the Verde Valley.

Fire managers may still conduct prescribed burns on the small research blocks in the FORT VALLEY PROJECT north of Flagstaff later this week if conditions are suitable.

 

 

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October 24, 2014

Coconino National Forest

 

Prescribed fires next week at Blue Ridge, Oak Creek Canyon, Flagstaff

 

Flagstaff, Ariz. – Crews completed ignitions on the 115-acre Lake Mary project south of Flagstaff. Expect overnight smoke to settle around east and south Flagstaff including Lake Mary Meadows, Herold Ranch, Heckethorn, Country Club and Cosnino as well as Lake Mary Road and I-40. Pending favorable conditions, fire managers are tentatively planning several prescribed burns across the forest next week beginning with the Blue Ridge and Oak Creek Canyon projects Monday Oct 27. Crews are taking Halloween into consideration this week, and are adjusting their plans accordingly.

For Monday Oct 27:

· OAK CREEK CANYON PROJECT - 15 acres behind Pine Flat Subdivision (see map on Inciweb). This is a maintenance burn, meaning crews have previously treated this area with prescribed fire. Those previous burns made the difference for firefighters containing the Slide Fire earlier this year. Monday’s maintenance burn will continue reducing the hazardous fuels around the community. Smoke will be light, and is expected to disperse quickly. During the day, it will disperse to the northeast, and will likely be noticeable in Pine Flat, Forest Houses, Junipine and Garlands overnight. 

· BLUE RIDGE URBAN INTERFACE PROJECT - 320 acres south of Hwy 87, southeast of the Mogollon Rim/Blue Ridge Ranger Station and north east of C.C. Cragin Reservoir (see map on Inciweb). Smoke will disperse to the north, with residual smoke expected to be noticeable overnight and in the early morning on Hwy 87 and in the Blue Ridge communities.

Tentative plans for the remainder of the week (updates to these plans will be sent regularly throughout the week):

· BLUE RIDGE URBAN INTERFACE, all week – up to approximately 3,000 acres

· OAK CREEK CANYON – if conditions are not suitable Monday, crews will seek opportunities to complete the 15-acre burn another day this week.

· EASTSIDE PROJECT, Tues Oct 28 – 211 acres located approximately 2.5 miles south of I-40 and Little America Hotel, just east of Pine Canyon Subdivision (burn block # 25 on the map). Smoke will be noticeable in the Pine Canyon, and Harold Ranch communities as well as Walnut Canyon area, Continental Country Club, Cosnino and on I-40.

· FORT VALLEY, Wednesday and Thursday Oct 29/30 – Located just north of Flagstaff off Hwy 180, these will be small research burns for the Ecological Restoration Institute and NAU School of Forestry.

 

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 ADEQ, 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 we employ to restore our 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 throughout the season. The public can find this information online or through the recorded hotline. Contact your local Coconino National Forest office for additional information.

Inciweb: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4125  

Prescribed Fire Hotline: 928-226-4607

Twitter: www.twitter.com/CoconinoNF

Coconino website “News and Events”: www.coconinonationalforest.us 

 

 

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October 23, 2014

Coconino National Forest

 

Lake Mary prescribed burn planned for Friday

 

Flagstaff, Ariz. – Crews completed ignitions on the A-1 Project this afternoon. The low-severity fire is a natural and necessary aspect of the ecosystem that cannot be replaced by any mechanical means – this week’s efforts near A-1 Mountain reduced accumulated vegetation across the forest floor, and recycled valuable nutrients into the soil promoting healthier vegetation and wildlife habitat. The risk of severe fire behavior has been reduced, and is therefore safer for firefighters as well as the Bellemont and Flagstaff communities.

Tonight and tomorrow morning, residents and visitors should expect similar smoke behavior as last night – smoke is likely to impact the Bellemont and I-40 areas most, and will also be noticeable in northern portions of Flagstaff. Winds are expected to increase this weekend and will help move smoke away from the communities.

Fire managers still have additional prescribed burns to conduct on the A-1 project this fall and spring; however, to minimize smoke impacts around Bellemont and Baderville, tomorrow crews are planning to move the restoration efforts southward to the Lake Mary Project. Pending ADEQ approval and favorable conditions, crews will burn approximately 115 acres south of Flagstaff and west of Lake Mary near Lake Mary Meadows. Smoke will disperse to the northeast. Overnight, residual smoke is expected to settle around Lake Mary Rd, Walnut Canyon, I-40, and the southern and eastern communities of Flagstaff including Lake Mary Meadows, Herold Ranch, Heckethorn, Country Club and Cosnino.

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 ADEQ, partners in the Ponderosa Fire Advisory Council, as well as neighboring forests to monitor air quality.

Additional prescribed fire information:

Inciweb: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4125  

Prescribed Fire Hotline: 928-226-4607

Twitter: www.twitter.com/CoconinoNF

Coconino website “News and Events”: www.coconinonationalforest.us 

 

 

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October 22, 2014

Coconino National Forest

 

Prescribed fires on A-1 Project planned for Wednesday and Thursday

 

Update: Fire managers are predicting that in addition to Baderville and Bellemont, smoke is likely to also be noticeable in the northern portions of Flagstaff – including Downtown and Sunnyside – tonight and tomorrow morning.

 

Ignition operations are nearly complete on the A-1 Project today, and fire managers are making plans to continue the restoration efforts tomorrow with a 215-acre burn in the same area. Crews will remain on scene this afternoon and will continue to assess weather, ventilation, and smoke impacts in the morning. If conditions are suitable, ignitions will likely begin around 10:30 a.m. and commence in early afternoon. Smoke is predicted to disperse to the north/northeast again and will settle overnight in the same manner as tonight – around Baderville, Bellemont, I-40 and Hwy 180.

If conditions are not suitable tomorrow, fire managers will postpone and evaluate the possibility of resuming the A-1 Project on Friday. No other prescribed burns are planned for this week.

 

 

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October 21, 2014

Coconino National Forest

 

Prescribed fires on A-1 Project planned for Wednesday and Thursday

 

Crews are planning to conduct prescribed burns on the A-1 Project tomorrow and Thursday, pending favorable conditions. This area is heavily laden with fuels and will likely produce a significant amount of smoke.

Wednesday’s project is 230 acres located approximately 8 miles west of Flagstaff (as the crow flies) and 3 miles east of Bellemont on the north side of I-40. Smoke is expected to rise and disperse to the north/northeast during the day. Overnight and during the early morning hours, smoke will settle into the Baderville and Bellemont areas, and may also be noticeable on I-40 and Hwy 180. Nighttime winds are forecast to increase which will help disperse residual smoke.

All prescribed fire activity is dependent on personnel availability, fuel conditions, weather – including ventilation conditions – and approval from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ).

Prescribed fires are essential to the accelerated restoration of watersheds, grasslands, and forests in our fire-adapted ecosystem. Frequent low-severity fire has a natural and necessary role that cannot be replaced by any mechanical effort. It reduces accumulated vegetation, enhances wildlife habitat, and recycles valuable nutrients into the soil. The result is a healthier forest with reduced risk of severe fire behavior and safer conditions for the community and firefighters.

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 ADEQ, partners in the Ponderosa Fire Advisory Council, as well as neighboring forests to monitor air quality.

Additional prescribed fire information:

Inciweb: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4125  

Prescribed Fire Hotline: 928-226-4607

Twitter: www.twitter.com/CoconinoNF

Coconino website “News and Events”: www.coconinonationalforest.us 

 

 

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October 20, 2014

Coconino National Forest

 

Today’s prescribed burn cancelled, fire managers make tentative plans for next week

 

Fire managers cancelled today’s burns planned for the Munds Park and Blue Ridge Urban Interface projects due to the moisture received over the weekend – fuels are too wet to burn.

Crews are monitoring conditions and will move forward with the week’s plans when fuels become dry enough and if all other weather and conditions are favorable. If fire managers plan to try burning tomorrow, I will send a message later today with details.

 

 

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October 20, 2014

Prescott National Forest

 

Prescribed Burning Planned for October 22-24 on the Verde Ranger District

 

Fire managers on the Verde Ranger District are planning to continue ignitions on the Mingus Timber Burn Project Wednesday, October 22 through Friday October 24, pending favorable weather conditions. Specific days to burn will be determined by current and expected weather patterns allowing fire managers to make every effort to minimize smoke impacts to nearby communities. Tactics to keep smoke impacts as minimal as possible include canceling approved burns when conditions aren’t favorable, timing daytime ignitions to allow the majority of smoke time to disperse prior to settling overnight, and burning larger sections at a time when conditions are favorable to reduce the overall number of days smoke is in the area.

Work Center RX Project– Fire managers plan to treat approximately 212 acres north and east of Playground Group Campground and north of Forest Service Road 104 on Mingus Mountain (T15N, R2E, S11). Smoke is expected to have minimal impacts to Playground Group Campground.

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Dry Lake RX Project– Fire managers plan to treat approximately 152 acres south and east of Mingus Lake; south of Forest Service Road 104 on Mingus Mountain (T15N, R2E, S11). Fire Managers warn campers staying at the Mingus Mountain Campground that some sites may be closed and of possible smoke impacts to the entire campground.

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All prescribed fire activity is dependent on the availability of personnel and equipment, weather, fuels and conditions that minimize smoke impacts as best as possible and approval from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (www.azdeq.gov).

The public can obtain additional prescribed fire information via the following:

Prescott NF Fire Information Hotline: (928) 777-5799

Prescott NF Forest Website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott/

Local Ranger Stations: Bradshaw Ranger District, (928) 443-8000; Chino Valley Ranger District (928) 777-2200; Verde Ranger District (928) 567-4121

 

 

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October 19, 2014

Grand Canyon National Park

 

Grand Canyon National Park Fire Managers Planning for Slopes Prescribed Fire on the North Rim

 

Grand Canyon, AZ – National Park Service (NPS) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) fire managers, working together as the North Zone Interagency Fire Management Program, anticipate initiating prescribed fire treatment during the fall and winter months as weather and fuel moisture conditions allow.

Prescribed fires play an important role in decreasing risks to life, resources, and property. Fire managers carefully plan prescribed fires, initiating them only under environmental conditions that are favorable to assuring firefighter and visitor safety and to achieving the desired objectives. Prescribed fire objectives include reducing accumulations of hazard fuels, maintaining the natural role of fire in a fire-adapted ecosystem, and protection of sensitive cultural and natural resources.

North Rim Slopes Prescribed Fire (Slopes Rx): The Slopes Rx burn unit is located on south facing slopes directly west of Highway 67 and the entrance station and east of the W-4 road and north of the Basin.

This entire burn unit is approximately 22,040 acres in size and will be treated in a multi-year implementation plan.  The number of acres treated will vary from year to year. The Slopes Rx includes previously untreated areas (first-entry) and areas that have experienced fire in the recent past. The area is comprised of mixed conifer forest and ponderosa pine.

Objectives of the Slopes Rx include reducing hazardous fuels, returning fire to a fire-adapted ecosystem, and aid in protecting and enhancing Mexican Spotted Owl habitat.

Bright Angel Prescribed Fire (Bright Angel Rx): The Bright Angel Rx burn unit is within the developed area on the North Rim and is 426 acres in size.  Fire managers have identified five units within the 426 acres that will be treated individually.  One unit of approximately 9 acres may be treated this fall near the North Rim Campground.

This burn unit is comprised of a mixed conifer forest and ponderosa pine. Objectives specific to the Bright Angel Rx include improving the defensible space in the Wildland/Urban Interface (WUI) within the North Rim developed area. This will reduce hazard fuels adjacent to structures to help decrease the threat of unwanted fires.

North Rim Pile Burn: Fire managers are also preparing to burn piles of woody debris as weather conditions allow. The piles are located in the Point Sublime area on the W4 road and consist primarily of small diameter tree trunks, small branches, twigs and needles.

Smoke: Prescribed fire smoke from will be most visible during ignition operations and will likely gradually diminish after ignitions are completed.  Smoke may be visible along Highway 67 and 89A as well as from various locations on the North Rim and South Rim. Smoke is expected in the canyon, one to three days after each ignition related to the Slopes Rx.

Fire managers are working with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality- Smoke Management Division to reduce and mitigate potential smoke impacts.

Visitors may see fire personnel, vehicles, and air support in the vicinity when any prescribed fire is being implemented. Please drive slowly, turn your lights on, and avoid stopping in areas where fire personnel are working.

Plans for each burn unit contain a set of parameters which define the desired weather and fuel conditions under which a prescribed fire can be initiated. Prior to implementing the burns, fire managers will evaluate current conditions and will only begin ignition if the prescribed conditions are within those parameters.

No additional news release will be issued unless conditions or impacts require updates. Ignition of any of these prescribed fires will be announced via Twitter @GrandCanyonNPS and on the park’s website http://www.nps.gov/grca/parkmgmt/firemanagement.htm... Status of any initiated prescribed fire can be tracked on InciWeb at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. You may also contact Grand Canyon Public Affairs Specialist Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski at 928-638-7958.

 

 

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October 16, 2014

Coconino National Forest

 

Today’s prescribed burn cancelled, fire managers make tentative plans for next week

 

Smoke from the Eastside project yesterday settled in low-laying areas along the northern portions of Flagstaff. Some stumps and logs are continuing to smolder today; residents and visitors may notice residual smoke overnight and in the early mornings for the next couple days, though it should be significantly lighter and continue to diminish.

Today’s weather conditions are not suitable for burning – high humidity levels would have inhibited ignitions and poor ventilation would not have allowed smoke to disperse properly – so fire managers cancelled today’s prescribed burn on the Lake Mary Project. If conditions are favorable next week, crews are tentatively planning prescribed fires on the following projects.

Monday Oct 20:

Munds Park Project (view map on Inciweb) – Approximately 350 acres one mile east of I-17 at the southeast corner of Munds Park, east of Odell Lake. Smoke would disperse to the northeast with the predicted southwest winds during the day. Overnight, residual smoke is expected to follow terrain to the southwest across I-17 and toward Sedona.

Blue Ridge Urban Interface Project– 320 acres south of Hwy 87, southeast of the Mogollon Rim/Blue Ridge Ranger Station and north east of C.C. Cragin Reservoir. Smoke will disperse to the north, with residual smoke expected to be noticeable overnight and in the early morning on Hwy 87 and in the Blue Ridge communities.

For the remainder of the week (updates to these plans will be sent regularly throughout the week):

A-1 Project - Tuesday Oct 21– 300 acres west of Flagstaff and north of Interstate 40. Smoke would be noticeable on I-40 and in Bellemont.

Eastside Project – Wednesday/Thursday Oct 22/23– 350 acres east of Pine Canyon subdivision, south of I-40 and east of Lake Mary Rd. Smoke would be noticeable in the Walnut Canyon area, Continental Country Club, and on I-40 east of Butler.

Blue Ridge Urban Interface Project – All week– Fire managers are planning to burn a total of approximately 2,000 acres this week if conditions allow.

All prescribed fire activity is dependent on personnel availability, fuel conditions, weather – including ventilation conditions – and approval from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ).

Prescribed fires are essential to the accelerated restoration of watersheds, grasslands, and forests in our fire-adapted ecosystem. Frequentlow-severity fire has a natural and necessary role that cannot be replaced by any mechanical effort. It reduces accumulated vegetation, enhances wildlife habitat, and recycles valuable nutrients into the soil. The result is a healthier forest with reduced risk of severe fire behavior and safer conditions for the community and firefighters.

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 ADEQ, partners in the Ponderosa Fire Advisory Council, as well as neighboring forests to monitor air quality.

Additional prescribed fire information:

Inciweb: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4125  

Prescribed Fire Hotline: 928-226-4607

Twitter: www.twitter.com/CoconinoNF

Coconino website “News and Events”: www.coconinonationalforest.us 

 

 

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October 16, 2014

Coconino National Forest

 

Lake Mary prescribed burn planned for Friday

 

Flagstaff, Ariz. – Fire managers completed ignitions on all 125 acres of the Eastside prescribed fire today. Smoke is dispersing very well and is not very noticeable this afternoon, but light residual smoke may still settle in Cheshire, Sunnyside and Downtown Flagstaff overnight. It should lift in the morning as the day warms. Crews are moving forward with plans to burn at the Lake Mary Project tomorrow.

Lake Mary Project: 115 acres south of Flagstaff and west of Lake Mary. Smoke will be noticeable south of Flagstaff and disperse to the northeast. Overnight, residual smoke may settle around Lake Mary Rd, Walnut Canyon, I-40, and the southern and eastern communities of Flagstaff including Lake Mary Meadows, Herold Ranch, Heckethorn, Country Club and Cosnino.

All prescribed fire activity is dependent on personnel availability, fuel conditions, weather – including ventilation conditions – and approval from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ).

 

The forest depends on frequent low-severity fire – natural and necessary part of this ecosystem cannot be replaced by any mechanical effort -- to reduce accumulated vegetation, enhance wildlife habitat, and recycle valuable nutrients into the soil. The result is a healthier forest with reduced risk of severe fire behavior and safer conditions for the community and firefighters.

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 ADEQ, partners in the Ponderosa Fire Advisory Council, as well as neighboring forests to monitor air quality.

Additional prescribed fire information:

Inciweb: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4125  

Prescribed Fire Hotline: 928-226-4607

Twitter: www.twitter.com/CoconinoNF

Coconino website “News and Events”: www.coconinonationalforest.us 

 

 

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October 15, 2014

Kaibab National Forest

 

Tusayan Fire Managers Prepare for Rx Fires

 

TUSAYAN, Ariz. – Fire managers anticipate starting multiple prescribed fire treatment projects on the Tusayan Ranger District as early as Thursday. Officials hope to treat approximately 3,000 acres with fire before wet weather conditions arrive for the winter.

Prescribed fire treatments require that fire managers continuously monitor weather and fuel conditions throughout the treatment process in order to ensure firefighter and visitor safety. The following prescribed treatments are scheduled for the upcoming week but will only be implemented only once conditions are favorable to do so:

Russell Prescribed Fire: The Russell project is comprised of three burn units totaling about 800 acres, and is located adjacent to the Russell Tank area on the east side of the district. This burn unit is mainly comprised of ponderosa pine with oak and juniper. Forest Service Road (FSR) 311 and a section of the Arizona Trail will be within the immediate area to be treated. The trail will remain open to the public but users are asked to avoid active sections of the trail where fire is present and use caution when traveling through the area.

Scott Prescribed Fire: The Scott project is comprised of three burn units totaling about 800 acres, and is located within the vicinity of FSR 310 and west of the Grand View Lookout Tower along FSR 2719. This burn unit is mainly comprised of ponderosa pine. A section of the Arizona Trail falls within one burn unit near the Grand Canyon National Park boundary and will remain open during operations; however, hikers are asked to use caution and follow the direction of fire personnel when moving through the area. Smoke may be visible from State Highway 64 along the east rim drive, but is not expected to significantly hinder the air quality.

Flying J Prescribed Fire: The Flying J project is located just west of the town of Tusayan and the unit to be treated is approximately 450 acres. Fire Managers will evaluate conditions closely with this project due to its proximity to developed areas in the vicinity. Smoke mitigation will be a top priority and will influence decisions prior to ignitions taking place and throughout daily operations. Smoke will be visible from rural areas and along State Highway 64.

During implementation of these prescribed treatments, visitors may see fire personnel and fire vehicles in the vicinity and are cautioned to drive slowly, turn on headlights, and avoid stopping in areas where fire personnel are working.

All prescribed burning on the Kaibab National Forest is subject to approval by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and appropriate weather conditions. For additional information on the Smoke Management Division of the ADEQ and to view prescribed burns authorized for any given day, visit http://www.azdeq.gov/.

 

 

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October 14, 2014

Coconino National Forest

 

Prescribed burns near Flagstaff planned for Thursday and Friday

 

Flagstaff, Ariz. – Last week’s planned prescribed fires were cancelled because the recent rains made fuels too wet to burn. Applying fire to the landscape would’ve created a significant amount of smoke, but the fuels would not have been consumed enough for the burn to have served its purpose. This week, the needles and debris along the forest floor are in better condition for fire to burn successfully. Pending all other favorable conditions, fire managers are planning to conduct the following prescribed fires Thursday and Friday.

 

For Thursday, Oct 16:

-        Eastside Project: 125 acres off the south side of Elden Lookout Road (Forest Road 557), approximately 2 miles east of Hwy 180. Smoke will be noticeable north of Flagstaff and is expected to disperse to the northeast with the forecast southwest winds. Overnight, residual smoke will settle in low areas.

*This burn is also part of the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project – the voter-approved, multi-agency effort aimed at reducing the risk of severe fire and flooding in the Dry Lake Hills and Mormon Mountain areas. Planning fuels treatments in the larger FWPP area is currently underway, and efforts in “NEPA ready” areas like this Eastside Project are ongoing on National Forest, State and City lands. Learn more at www.flagstaffwatershedprojection.org

 

For Friday Oct 17:

EITHER

-        A1 Project: 325 acres west of Flagstaff and north of Interstate 40. Smoke would be noticeable from Flagstaff, Bellemont, Fort Valley, and I-40 and disperse to the northeast. Overnight smoke may settle around Bellemont, Fort Valley, I-40 and Hwy 180.

OR

-        Lake Mary Project: 115 acres south of Flagstaff and west of Lake Mary. Smoke would be noticeable south of Flagstaff and disperse to the northeast. Overnight, residual smoke may settle around Lake Mary Rd, Walnut Canyon, I-40, and the southern and eastern communities of Flagstaff including Lake Mary Meadows, Herold Ranch, Heckethorn, Country Club and Cosnino.

 

The forest depends on frequent low-severity fire – natural and necessary part of this ecosystem cannot be replaced by any mechanical effort -- to reduce accumulated vegetation, enhance wildlife habitat, and recycle valuable nutrients into the soil. The result is a healthier forest with reduced risk of severe fire behavior and safer conditions for the community and firefighters.

All prescribed fire activity is dependent on personnel availability, fuel conditions, weather – including ventilation conditions – and approval from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ).

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 ADEQ, partners in the Ponderosa Fire Advisory Council, as well as neighboring forests to monitor air quality.

Additional prescribed fire information:

Inciweb: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4125  

Prescribed Fire Hotline: 928-226-4607

Twitter: www.twitter.com/CoconinoNF

Coconino website “News and Events”: www.coconinonationalforest.us 

 

 

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October 13, 2014

Kaibab National Forest

 

North Zone Fire Managers Plan For Moquitch Rx Burn

 

FREDONIA, Ariz. – As more prescribed fires generally equate to fewer extreme wildfires, North Zone fire managers continue to track the ever-changing weather conditions for opportunities to implement the prescribed fire burn plan for the North Kaibab Ranger District. Currently, fire managers are assessing weather conditions in the forest with plans to implement the Moquitch 2 Rx burn as early as Monday, October 13, 2014.

The Moquitch 2 project is approximately 5 miles west of AZ 67 and is 2,486 acres in size. The burn unit is geographically located east of Forest Service Road (FSR) 282, north of FSR 212 and west of FSR 640. This burn unit is mainly comprised of ponderosa pine with scattered clumps of aspen.
Earlier this month, fire managers were able to successfully implement prescribed fire treatment in the Jacob Ryan South Groupsite Unit, which was approximately 471 acres in size, with minimal smoke impacts to the area.

In addition to reducing hazardous fuels and protecting forest visitors and the local community, prescribed fire also helps minimize the spread of insects and disease, provides forage for game, improves wildlife habitat, and recycles nutrients back into the soil to promote regeneration of trees and other plant species.

During the planning stages of any prescribed fire, fire managers and other forest specialists write burn plans, which consider temperature, humidity, wind, moisture of the vegetation, and conditions for the dispersal of smoke. Prescribed fire specialists compare conditions on the ground to those outlined in burn plans before deciding whether to burn on a given day. They want to maximize the ideal fall weather conditions to increase landscape resilience to wildfire, insects and disease, return fire to a fire-adapted ecosystem, improve forest health and sustainability and enhance public safety.

The prescribed fire treatments are only implemented when environmental conditions are ideal to assuring firefighter and visitor safety and only upon approval of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.

Visitors are cautioned that they may see fire personnel and fire vehicles in the vicinity when any prescribed fire is being implemented, and are reminded to drive slowly, turn on headlights, and avoid stopping in areas where fire personnel are working.

For more information on smoke and air quality, please visit www.azdeq.gov or wildlandfire.az.gov.

 

 

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October 12, 2014

Prescott National Forest

 

Prescribed Burning Planned for October 14-18 on the Verde Ranger District

 

Fire managers on the Verde Ranger District are planning to conduct prescribed fire operations beginning Tuesday, October 14 through Saturday, October 18, pending favorable weather conditions. Specific days to burn will be determined by current and expected weather patterns allowing fire managers to make every effort to minimize smoke impacts to nearby communities.

Powell Project - Approximately 500 acres, located north of Powell Springs Campground and west of the community of Cherry (T14N, R3E, Sec 19).

Area Map

Log Project - Approximately 500 acres, located west of the Federal Mine and north of the community of Cherry (T14N, R3E, Sec 7).

Area Map

These are maintenance burns, meaning these areas have been previously treated with mechanical and/or prescribed fire. These previous treatments have reduced fuel accumulations and result in less smoke production and impacts to the surrounding communities. Both projects are part of the ongoing fuels reduction work aimed at improving forest health and helping to reducing fire danger to the community of Cherry and the Federal Mine.

All prescribed fires activity is dependent on the availability of personnel and equipment, weather, fuels and conditions that minimize smoke impacts as best as possible and approval from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (www.azdeq.gov).

The public can obtain additional prescribed fire information via the following:

Prescott NF Fire Information Hotline: (928) 777-5799

Prescott NF Forest Website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott/

Local Ranger Stations: Bradshaw Ranger District, (928) 443-8000; Chino Valley Ranger District (928) 777-2200; Verde Ranger District (928) 567-4121

 

 

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October 11, 2014

Kaibab National Forest

 

3200 Acre Prescribed Fire Planned Near Williams

 

With favorable conditions expected to remain in place, fire managers plan to initiate prescribed fire as soon as Tuesday, October 14, 2014 in the McCracken East project areas, situated along County Road 73, approximately 4 miles south of Williams, AZ. The 2 McCracken prescribed fire planning areas, both ‘East’ and ‘West’ have a total area of approximately 3,200 acres and are divided by County Road 73. Each planning area is further broken down into smaller project areas so ignited acreage per day will vary based on the project areas selected for treatment. The McCracken West project areas are scheduled for ignitions once the eastern project areas have been successfully treated.

All prescribed fire activity is dependent on regional Forest Service approval, personnel availability, weather – including winds and ventilation, and approval from the ADEQ www.azdeq.gov.

While smoke production may be significant, managers hope to limit impact by conducting all burning operations within a projected 2 week time frame as conditions allow. Smoke is a trade-off for having a healthy forest in a fire adapted ecosystem. By reaching out to the people in our local communities, we hope to give as much advance notice as possible and minimize negative smoke impacts.

Daytime smoke is predicted to generally disperse to the northeast. Overnight smoke may settle with some impact to Williams, Sycamore Canyon, the Verde Valley, and surrounding areas. A smoke column may be highly visible from Williams and adjacent portions of I-40. Additional resources regarding smoke and air quality are available at http://wildfire.az.gov.

Get fire activity updates 24 hours-a-day:

Fire Information Line at 928-635-8311

Inciweb at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov

Twitter at www.twitter.com/KaibabNF

 

 

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October 6, 2014

Coconino National Forest

 

Prescribed burns near Flagstaff to begin Thursday

 

Flagstaff, Ariz. – Flagstaff Ranger District fire managers are planning to conduct one of two possible prescribed burns this week beginning Thursday, October 9.

Depending on weather conditions, crews plan to burn at

EITHER

- A1 Project: 325 acres west of Flagstaff and north of Interstate 40. Smoke would be noticeable from Flagstaff, Fort Valley, and I-40

OR

- Lake Mary Project: 115 acres south of Flagstaff and west of Lake Mary. Smoke would be noticeable from Flagstaff, Lake Mary Road, and Munds Park.

The forest depends on frequent low-severity fire – natural and necessary part of this ecosystem cannot be replaced by any mechanical effort -- to reduce accumulated vegetation, enhance wildlife habitat, and recycle valuable nutrients into the soil. The result is a healthier forest with reduced risk of severe fire behavior and safer conditions for the community and firefighters.

All prescribed fire activity is dependent on personnel availability, fuel conditions, weather – including ventilation conditions, and approval from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ).

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 ADEQ, partners in the Ponderosa Fire Advisory Council, as well as neighboring forests to monitor air quality.

To help the public prepare for individual prescribed burns, information will be distributed on a regular basis with plans for upcoming burns and expected smoke impacts.

Inciweb: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4125  

Prescribed Fire Hotline: 928-226-4607

Twitter: www.twitter.com/CoconinoNF

Coconino website “News and Events”: www.coconinonationalforest.us 

 

 

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October 3, 2014

Coconino National Forest

 

Fire managers plan fall prescribed burning

 

Coconino National Forest fire managers are preparing for fall season prescribed burning as conditions create opportunities for applying fire to the landscape. Up to 17,200 acres of prescribed fire treatments are tentatively planned across the forest this season. Acreages are estimates and dependent on how often and how long conditions are suitable. The chart below lists the areas and project names.

The forest depends on frequent low-severity fire – natural and necessary part of this ecosystem cannot be replaced by any mechanical effort -- to reduce accumulated vegetation, enhance wildlife habitat, and recycle valuable nutrients into the soil. The result is a healthier forest with reduced risk of severe fire behavior and safer conditions for the community and firefighters.

Prescribed burns are termed such because they are conducted within a “prescription” that defines the fuel moisture levels, air temperatures, wind conditions, and relative humidity levels that are appropriate for each project.

All prescribed fire activity is dependent on personnel availability, fuel conditions, weather – including ventilation conditions, and approval from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ).

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 ADEQ, partners in the Ponderosa Fire Advisory Council, as well as neighboring forests to monitor air quality.

To help the public prepare for individual prescribed fire efforts, information will be distributed on a regular basis with plans for upcoming burns and expected smoke impacts.

Inciweb: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4125

Prescribed Fire Hotline: 928-226-4607

Twitter: www.twitter.com/CoconinoNF

Coconino website “News and Events”: www.coconinonationalforest.us

 

Tentative prescribed fire projects for fall 2014. Sizes are approximate. Specific dates are not scheduled, as burning is based on conditions, and will be determined on a weekly and daily basis.

Ranger District

Acres

Project Name

General Location

Flagstaff

500

Eastside

Elden lookout road, Heckathorn and Harold Ranch area

Flagstaff

300

Munds Park

Immediately south of Munds Park

Flagstaff

200

Fort Valley

North of Flagtaff, east of Snowbowl

Flagstaff

2000

Mountainaire

South of Lake Mary Road to Mountainaire

Flagstaff

200

Kachina

Hwy 89A and Forest Highlands area

Flagstaff

300

Lake Mary

Lake Mary Meadows

Flagstaff

500

A-1

North of Bellemont

Flagstaff

50

Woody Mountain

Southwest of Flagstaff, south of I-40 and west of Hwy 89A and Ft. Tuthill County Park

Flagstaff

3500

Upper Beaver Creek

Stoneman Lake area, northeast of Camp Verde

Flagstaff

1000

Rocky

 

Flagstaff

1000

Pete

On the northeast side of the San Francisco Peaks, west of North Hwy 89

Flagstaff

500

Mormon Lake Basin

Just south of Mormon Lake and Mormon Lake Village

Flagstaff

2000

Miscellaneous Piles

 

 

Mogollon Rim

3000

Blue Ridge Urban Interface

South of Blue Ridge communities, along Hwy 87

Mogollon Rim

1000

Bar T Bar

South of Winslow, north of Blue Ridge Ranger Station

Mogollon Rim

2

Bly Pit

 

Mogollon Rim

100

Miscellaneous Piles

 

 

Red Rock

1000

Upper Beaver Creek

Stoneman Lake area, northeast of Camp Verde

Red Rock

30

Oak Creek

Oak Creek canyon, north of Sedona

Red Rock

50

Oak Creek Piles

Oak Creek canyon, north of Sedona

 

 

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October 3, 2014

Prescott National Forest

 

Prescribed Burning Planned for October 9-11 on the Verde Ranger District

 

Prescott, AZ (October 3, 2014)–Fire managers on the Verde Ranger District are planning to conduct prescribed fire operations beginning Thursday, October 9 through Saturday, October 11, pending favorable weather conditions. Specific days to burn will be determined by current and expected weather patterns allowing fire managers to make every effort to minimize smoke impacts to nearby communities.

Powell Project - Approximately 500 acres, located north of Powell Springs Campground and west of the community of Cherry (T14N, R3E, Sec 19).

Log Project - Approximately 500 acres, located west of the Federal Mine and north of the community of Cherry (T14N, R3E, Sec 7).

These are maintenance burns, meaning these areas have been previously treated with mechanical and/or prescribed fire. These previous treatments have reduced fuel accumulations and result in less smoke production and impacts to the surrounding communities. Both projects are part of the ongoing fuels reduction work aimed at improving forest health and helping to reducing fire danger to the community of Cherry and the Federal Mine.

All prescribed fires activity is dependent on the availability of personnel and equipment, weather, fuels and conditions that minimize smoke impacts as best as possible and approval from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (www.azdeq.gov).

The public can obtain additional prescribed fire information via the following:

· Prescott NF Fire Information Hotline: (928) 777-5799

· Prescott NF Forest Website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott/

· Local Ranger Stations: Bradshaw Ranger District, (928) 443-8000; Chino Valley Ranger District (928) 777-2200; Verde Ranger District (928) 567-4121

 

 

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September 16, 2014

Kaibab National Forest

 

North Zone Fall Prescribed Fire Begins

 

FREDONIA, Ariz. – Pending favorable weather conditions, North Zone fire managers will implement a prescribed fire treatment in the Jacob Ryan South project area tomorrow at the Groupsite Unit, which is 471 acres in size.

The Groupsite Unit is located within the North Kaibab Ranger District (NKRD) and is bordered by Highway 89A on the north, Forest Service Road (FSR) 205 on the east, FSR 634 on the south and Highway AZ 67 on the west. The prescribed burn will be continuously monitored by Forest Service firefighters to control spread.

During the planning stages of any prescribed fire, fire managers carefully develop a prescribed fire burn plan and implement the prescribed fire treatment only when environmental conditions are ideal to assuring firefighter and visitor safety and only upon approval of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.

“These treatments are necessary to reduce hazardous fuels accumulation in the forest and protect the community from the threat of future large fires,” said North Zone Fuels Specialist Dave Robinson. “We understand that smoke created while we accomplish this may impact people in the Jacob Lake vicinity, and we do our best to keep the public informed of our plans and activities, particularly those who may have sensitivities to smoke.”

Objectives specific to this season’s prescribed treatments include improving the defensible space in the Wildland/Urban Interface within the NKRD developed areas, expediting the development of northern goshawk habitat, increasing landscape resilience to wildfire, insects and disease, returning fire to a fire-adapted ecosystem, improving forest health and sustainability and enhancing public safety.

Visitors are cautioned that they may see fire personnel and fire vehicles in the vicinity when any prescribed fire is being implemented, and are reminded to drive slowly, turn on headlights, and avoid stopping in areas where fire personnel are working.

For more information on smoke and air quality, please visit www.azdeq.gov or wildlandfire.az.gov/.

 

 

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September 12, 2014

Kaibab National Forest

 

North Zone Fire Managers Prepare for Rx Fires

 

FREDONIA, Ariz. – North Zone fire managers are preparing for the upcoming prescribed fire season on the North Kaibab Ranger District, and anticipate starting these prescribed fire treatments as soon as weather and fuel conditions are favorable to do so.

Fire managers carefully develop a prescribed fire burn plan and implement this plan only when environmental conditions are ideal to assuring firefighter and visitor safety and to achieving the desired objectives of reducing accumulations of hazard fuels, maintaining the natural role of fire in a fire-adapted ecosystem, protecting sensitive cultural and natural resources, and decreasing risks to life and property.

Plans for each prescribed treatment contain a set of parameters that define the desired weather and fuel conditions under which a prescribed fire may be initiated, and those conditions will continuously be monitored by North Zone personnel throughout the treatment process. The following prescribed treatments are scheduled and will only be implemented after fire managers have evaluated the current weather conditions and determined that conditions are favorable for that prescribed burn:

Oquer Prescribed Fire:The Oquer project is 3,541 acres in size and is located within the central portion of the district. The unit is bound by Forest Service Road (FSR) 761 on the north/northwest side, FSR 418F on the southwest side, FSR 418B on the south/southeast side and FSR 1025 to 1025B to 761Y on the northeast side. This burn unit is predominately comprised of ponderosa pine and mixed conifer with scattered clumps of aspen.

Jacob Ryan South Prescribed Fire:The Jacob Ryan South project is comprised of two units adjacent to the Jacob Lake developed area. The combined units are 1,546 acres in size and are bordered by Highway 89A on the north, FSR 225 on the east, FSR 258 and 634 on the south and Highway AZ 67 on the west. This burn unit is mainly comprised of ponderosa pine with scattered clumps of aspen.

Moquitch 2 Prescribed Fire:The Moquitch 2 project is approximately 5 miles west of AZ 67 and is 2,486 acres in size. The burn unit is geographically located east of FSR 282, north of FSR 212 and west of FSR 640. This burn unit is mainly comprised of ponderosa pine with scattered clumps of aspen.

Dry Park 422E Prescribed Fire:The Dry Park 422E project is approximately 1,225 acres in size. The unit is bound by FSR 422D and 422E on the north and east and FSR 422 on the west and south. This burn unit is predominantly composed of mixed conifer and aspen with areas of ponderosa pine.

Dry Park PU1 Prescribed Fire:The Dry Park PU1 project is approximately 854 acres in size. The unit is bound by FSR 422 on the north, FSR 226 on the east, FSR 6954 on the south, and FSR 206 on the west. The burn unit is predominantly composed of mixed conifer and aspen with areas of ponderosa pine.

Objectives specific to this season’s prescribed treatments include improving the defensible space in the Wildland/Urban Interface within the North Kaibab Ranger District developed areas, expediting the development of northern goshawk habitat, increasing landscape resilience to wildfire, insects and disease, returning fire to a fire-adapted ecosystem, improving forest health and sustainability and enhancing public safety.

During these prescribed treatments, visitors may see fire personnel and fire vehicles in the vicinity when any prescribed fire is being implemented. Visitors should drive slowly, turn on headlights, and avoid stopping in areas where fire personnel are working.

All prescribed burning on the Kaibab National Forest is subject to approval by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and appropriate weather conditions. For additional information on the Smoke Management Division of the ADEQ and to view prescribed burns authorized for any given day, visit http://www.azdeq.gov/environ/air/smoke/index.html.

Before prescribed fire treatment is implemented, notification will be provided through multiple channels to include email news releases, Twitter and the forest website, and the status of any initiated prescribed fire can be tracked on InciWeb.

Get fire activity updates and maps 24 hours-a-day:

Fire Information Line at 928-635-8311

InciWeb at inciweb.nwcg.gov

To SMS text: ‘follow kaibabnf’ to 40404

 

 

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September 1, 2014

Prescott National Forest

 

Prescribed Burning Planned September 2-4 on the Verde Ranger District

 

Prescott, AZ –Fire managers on the Verde Ranger District are planning to start ignitions on the Tex Canyon Project beginning Tuesday, September 2 through Thursday, September 4, pending favorable weather conditions.

Specific days to burn will be determined by current and expected weather patterns allowing fire managers to make every effort to minimize smoke impacts to nearby communities.

Tactics to keep smoke impacts as minimal as possible include canceling approved burns when conditions aren’t favorable, timing daytime ignitions to allow the majority of smoke time to disperse prior to settling overnight, and burning larger sections at a time when conditions are favorable to reduce the overall number of days smoke is in the area.

Tex Canyon Project – Fire managers plan to treat approximately 300 of the 3500 acre Tex Canyon Project north and east of the Whitehorse Subdivision (T14N, R2E, Sec 22, 27). Plans are to conduct a limited prescribed burn to reduce fuels next to control lines for future treatment of the Tex Canyon Project. By burning the fuel close to the control lines, this widens the area devoid of fuels and enhances our control features. By burning now we can take advantage of wetter conditions and target the fuel on the ground close to the control line. The wetter conditions will not allow fire to get up into the brush canopy and run, which is something we will want to accomplish when we burn later this fall.

All prescribed fires activity is dependent on the availability of personnel and equipment, weather, fuels and conditions that minimize smoke impacts as best as possible and approval from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (www.azdeq.gov).

The public can obtain additional prescribed fire information via the following:

Prescott NF Fire Information Hotline: (928) 777-5799

Prescott NF Forest Website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott/

Local Ranger Stations: Bradshaw Ranger District, (928) 443-8000; Chino Valley Ranger District (928) 777-2200; Verde Ranger District (928) 567-4121

 

 

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August 30, 2014

Kaibab National Forest

 

North Zone Fire Managers Begin Planning for 2014 Pile Burn Season

 

FREDONIA, Ariz. –North Zone fire managers are making preparations to begin pile burning as early as tomorrow on the North Kaibab Ranger District, depending on weather and fuel moisture levels. The goal of the pile burning is to remove fuels within the forest in order to lessen the potential intensity of a wildfire.

Specifically, fire crews plan to burn 325 acres near the intersection of Forest Service Road (FSR) 271 and FSR 206B, which is located near Stina Point. Crews also plan to treat 98 acres near the intersection FSR 22 and FSR 422D, which is located in the general vicinity of the Dry Park Lookout Tower.

All prescribed burning on the Kaibab National Forest is subject to approval by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and appropriate weather conditions. For additional information on the Smoke Management Division of the ADEQ and to view prescribed burns authorized for any given day, visit http://www.azdeq.gov/environ/air/smoke/index.html.

For additional information regarding the North Kaibab Ranger District pile burns, contact the North Zone Fuels Specialist, Dave Robinson, at (928) 643-8138.

 

 

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August 27, 2014

Kaibab National Forest

 

Williams and Tusayan Ranger District's 2014-2015 Prescribed Fire Plans

 

Starting this September, the Williams and Tusayan Ranger Districts have prescribed (Rx) fire plans for approximately 12,700 acres and 4,400 acres respectively. However, significantly fewer acres may be treated through fire if conditions are not favorable. Conditions include correct temperature, wind, fuel moisture, ventilation, and relative humidity. When these criteria are met, crews implement, monitor, and patrol each burn to ensure it meets the goals and objectives outlined by fire managers.

“We know that during implementation of prescribed fires, firefighter activity, helicopter noise, vehicle traffic, and smoke can all have an impact to forest users and our communities” said Forest Fire Staff Officer, Art Gonzales. “So we include these concerns into our decision process and work very closely with the National Weather Service and the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality to minimize these impacts as much as possible while still meeting our goals for forest health and public safety.”

Key goals for prescribed fire include continuing efforts to improve forest health, enhance public safety, and return fire to a fire-adapted ecosystem. Additionally, prescribed fire lowers the risk of severe wildfires on the forest during critical summer fire conditions by reducing litter, debris, and dense stands of trees. “We’ve made great strides in areas where private businesses and homes meet the forest, but there is still lots of work to be done in creating defensible spaces” Gonzales added.

Before a Rx fire, notification will be provided through multiple channels including; email news releases, Forest fire information line, Inciweb, Twitter, flyers, and the Forest website. Immediately following a Rx fire, browning of lower level pine needles may occur as the tree crown is raised. This is perfectly normal and healthy. Some areas are also part of long term project work where future timber marking paint, mechanical thinning equipment, and other impacts may occur.

Get fire activity updates and maps 24 hours-a-day:

Fire Information Line: 928-635-8311

Inciweb: inciweb.nwcg.gov

Text Message: text ‘follow kaibabnf’ to 40404

For more information on smoke and air quality please visit www.azdeq.gov or wildlandfire.az.gov.

 

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December 11, 2013

USFWS

 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and The Nature Conservancy Establish New National Agreement for More Controlled Burning

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and The Nature Conservancy (Conservancy) announce a new partnership that will for the first time increase and better coordinate controlled burn activities, also known as prescribed fire, on their respective lands to enhance wildlife values. The agreement will encourage more efficient use of personnel and equipment while treating lands that might otherwise not get the benefit of controlled burning.

“The wildlife habitats we manage need more prescribed fire to survive and thrive, and we can get more done on the ground by working together,” said Jim Kurth, Chief, National Wildlife Refuge System.

Today, controlled burns are used by land managers to safely mimic the natural fire cycle and maintain fire-resilient landscapes for the benefit of people, water, and wildlife. Planned, controlled burns are also a critical tool to help reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires, often termed mega-fires, which have become more common in the past decade.

“The use of managed, controlled burns is essential to the health of our lands and waters, and the critical life-giving benefits they provide us,” said Blane Heumann, Director of Fire Management for the Conservancy. “We can also reduce the overgrowth of fuels that feeds the mega-fires of summer. We are very pleased and proud to be working more closely with the Service through this agreement.”

Collectively, the two entities manage more than 78 million fire adapted acres across the United States. Last year, the Conservancy led controlled burns on nearly 105,000 acres of land it owns. Annually, the organization assists the Service in burns on approximately 22,000 acres of the Refuge System.

Historically, natural fires were a common occurrence in the United States.

They cleared overgrowth, restored nutrients to the soil, and “rebooted” the cycle of life across a patchwork of habitats. All told, around two-thirds of America’s forests and grasslands evolved to need the restorative power of fire at least once every 30 years.

The Service manages a network of fire-adapted lands in all 50 states and every U.S. territory, and needs to use prescribed fire on 400,000-800,000 acres per year. Fire is a critical habitat management tool, along with mechanical thinning, herbicides and other methods. More than 2,000 Service staff also cooperates with their federal, state and local partners to respond to wildfires.

The Nature Conservancy is a private, global, not-for-profit organization that works to protect the lands and waters on which all life depends. In the United States, the Conservancy leads the national Fire Learning Network along with multiple federal partners, including the Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service.

Over the past 11 years, working under less formal local agreements, the Service and the Conservancy have worked in 39 states with 1,150 community partners to advance collaborative conservation and train more than 2,400 fire workers. It is believed that this national partnership will expand the positive impact these two organizations have on conservation and the protection of our national treasures.

 

 

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July 13, 2011

Kaibab National Forest

 

Using Fire to Achieve Resource Objectives

 

WILLIAMS, AZ – With the onset of the monsoons, Kaibab National Forest fire managers are evaluating conditions and looking at opportunities to use wildland fire to achieve multiple resource objectives. Recent precipitation, higher humidity and increased fuel moisture has changed the forest noticeably from that of just a few weeks ago and the fire danger has decreased significantly.
Over the coming months, if conditions are appropriate, managers may decide to use lightning-caused fire and prescribed fire, including broadcast burning and pile burning, to improve forest health, reduce hazardous fuels, protect cultural resources, and enhance wildlife habitat.    


Some people may question why fire would be managed across the landscape of the Kaibab National Forest when so many acres have already burned in Arizona this year.  One of the important goals of the fire management program is to return fire to its proper role in a fire-adapted ecosystem. Many areas of the forest have had fire excluded for too long which has lowered the forest’s defense against insects, disease, and high intensity fire. However, every time fire can be managed safely across the landscape, another protective layer is added to the forest that can help prevent future intense wildfires.  


If there is smoke in the air, it may mean wildland fire is being used to achieve multiple resource objectives on the Kaibab National Forest. Concerted efforts will be made to keep the public informed about fire activity and smoke.


For more information, please call Punky Moore, Fire Information Officer, 928-635-5653.

 

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December 2, 2005

Coconino National Forest

 

Prescribed Fire Accomplishments

 

Flagstaff- Across the national forests of the Southwest, restoring fire-adapted ecosystems is the central priority of much of the work of the US Forest Service. Returning fire to the landscape under carefully planned conditions, also known as prescribed fire, is a key component. This fall prescribed fire specialists on the Coconino National Forest accomplished substantial progress in meeting that goal.

Selective thinning and prescribed fire meet the dual forest restoration objectives of reducing the wildfire risk to adjacent communities and improving forest health. Through the current fiscal year, 22,000 acres on the Coconino are targeted to be treated with either thinning, broadcast or pile burning. So far this fall, 18,000 acres have been treated with prescribed fire, with about two-thirds of that acreage considered Wildland Urban Interface, that critical overlap of forest and communities at risk of catastrophic wildfire. Last year, the Coconino treated 16,000 acres with thinning and prescribed fire.

“We appreciate the patience of residents affected by smoke from prescribed burning. We’ve heard from folks who say they understand the importance of this work, and can put with some smoke if they know to expect it,” according to Russ Copp, Coconino National Forest Fuels Specialist.

With the onset of winter precipitation, crews plan to burn piles of slash, branches and small trees leftover from thinning projects. In northern Arizona, fire season can linger until winter brings adequate snowpack. Fire fighters may ignite a planned prescribed fire one day, and suppress an unplanned, human-caused fire the next. Since abandoned campfires are still a concern, campers are reminded to drown with water and dirt, stir, and feel to make sure your campfire are cold and dead out.

 

 


 

 

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