Fire managers on the Verde Ranger District are conducting prescribed fire applications (burns) over the next two weeks near Mingus Mountain, Cherry and Whitehorse Subdivision. Predicted weather conditions look favorable for operations on the Jeronimo, Logan Mine and Tex Canyon.
Ignitions began Friday on Jeronimo Project, approximately 950-acres, located north and east of FS Road 413 and south of FS Road 104 (T15N, R2E, Sec 10, 15, 16, & 23) on Mingus Mountain.
It is designed to reduce fuel loads and return fire to its natural role in the ecosystem. The prescribed burn is to reduce the chance of a damaging wildfire that might impact the Mingus Mountain Recreation Area, summer recreation residences, and critical communications facilities. Trails 110 and 111 will be closed during burning operations.
Logan Mine Project - Approximately 220 acres located south and east of Cherry (T14N, R3E, Sec 22, 27 & 28) and will reduce fuel loads, return fire to its natural role, and reduce the potential for wildfire around Cherry.
Tex Canyon Project - Approximately 3500 acres north and east of the Whitehorse Subdivision in the Dewey-Humboldt area (T14N, R2E, Sec 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, & 34).
In addition to reducing the chance of damaging wildfire to the Whitehorse Subdivision the burn will improve wildlife habitat.
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 or the Verde Ranger District (928) 567-4121.