VERDE VALLEY - Fire managers on the Verde Ranger District have several fuel treatments planned through Mid-November.
Depending on current and expected weather conditions, any of the following treatments could start as early as this weekend. 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 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.
Mingus Mountain Piles
Piles are located from the junction of Forest Road 132 and 105, south to Mingus Spring Camp, from forest thinning and harvest activities ongoing for the past year. Opportunities to burn these piles require slightly wetter conditions such as light rain or snow.
Pinto Mesa RX
Approximately 2400 acres west of I-17; north of the junction of Highway 169 and I-17.
Onion Mountain RX
Approximately 800 acres north of Highway 169 and west of I-17. Prescribed burning is one of the most effective tools for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems. These burns will mimic natural fires by reducing hazardous accumulations, reintroducing fire into a fire dependent system; recycling nutrients and increasing habitat diversity.
Approximately 100 acres near Federal Mine, north and west of Cherry, and 350 acres south of SR 169 between Mile Marker 6 through 10. These projects are to improve the health and resiliency of fire-adapted ecosystems while reducing hazardous fuel accumulations.
All prescribed fire activity is dependent on the availability of personnel and equipment, weather, fuels and conditions that minimize smoke duration as best as possible, and approval from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (www.azdeq.gov).