Flagstaff Prescribed Burns


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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 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...flagstaff prescribed burns and a specific prescribed burn may be delayed because conditions change.

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

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


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Prescribed Burns for... December, 2006


These planned burns are subject to change due to weather conditions and smoke impact to communities.


December 11

The prescribed burning of slash piles on the Woody Ridge project (west and south of Flagstaff) DID NOT ignite today due to inadequate ventilation (winds) and the fact that we didn't get much snow. Fire specialists continue to keep an eye on the weather for conditions conducive for burning slash piles, the "leftovers" from forest health thinning work.

Burning these piles is the most cost-effective means to dispose of this material currently available to forest managers, since there is no local industry that could utilize it, and no location to haul it to.

Ignited today as planned on Mogollon Rim District (which got a bit more snow):

5 acres of slash piles, just off Forest Hwy 3 (Lake Mary Rd) near Happy Jack.

15 acres of slash piles, Bald Mesa area, 3 miles north of Clints Well, just east of Forest Hwy 3.


Other prescribed burns in the region are listed below...


December 1, 2006

The Kaibab National Forest will be burning about 5 acres of piles today on the Williams Ranger District. The piles are located just west of Benham Ranch on the west side of County Highway 73 about 3 miles south of Williams. Fire managers typically burn piles after precipitation has been received. Moisture helps to prevent pile burns from creeping out of designated boundaries and helps to lessen fire intensity. Fire managers will likely complete the 5-acre pile burn today. Smoke production should be minimal. 

Other piles scheduled for burning on the Williams Ranger District this winter include the following: 

  • Clover High � 217 acres; Piles are located in various areas south and west of Williams on the south side of I-40. 

  • Dogtown � 281 acres; Piles are located in various areas near Davenport Hill and the Woods Subdivision on the south side of I-40. Beacon � 276 acres; Piles are located immediately south of I-40 to the southwest of Davenport Lake. 

  • Campgrounds -- 55 acres; Piles are located in Kaibab, White Horse, and Dogtown lake campgrounds. 

  • Prairie Knolls -- 45 acres; Piles are located just north of Government Knolls and south of Forest Road 171. 

  • Brannigan -- 10 acres; Piles are located just north of I-40 about 2 miles southeast of Brannigan Park. 

Additional precipitation will be necessary to complete those burns.


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On December 2, 2005, the Forest Service issued the press release text shown here...


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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