PRESCOTT -- Fire managers are planning to begin the 169 East/West Prescribed Fire project, as early as Friday if weather conditions cooperate. Fire managers plan to hand and aerial ignite approximately 2,000 acres beginning Friday continuing until Tuesday. The project is to reduce forest fuels accumulations, maintain the natural role of fire, and project wildland-urban interface.
The area to be treated is east of the White Horse subdivision and approximately 8 miles east of Dewey-Humboldt, north of highway 169. Fuels being treated consist of interior chaparral and grasses. While it is not anticipated that any road closure will be necessary, fire managers would like to remind people to drive with caution along Highway 169 as fire personnel and equipment will be working in the area.
The historic General George Crook Trail will be closed from the old Cherry Road to Highway 169 during implementation.
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 canceling approved burns when conditions aren't favorable, finding alternative uses for the debris in slash piles, 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.
For more information contact the Verde Ranger District (928) 567-4121