Verde Ranger District plans prescribed burns into mid-November

Prescott National Forest fire managers in the Verde Ranger District have several fuel treatments planned through the middle of November.

Depending on current and expected weather conditions, any of the following treatments may have begun this past week.

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.

Fire managers concluded the Mingus Mountain piles, located from the junction of Forest roads 132 and 105 south to Mingus Spring Camp.

Opportunities to burn these piles require slightly wetter conditions such as light rain or snow.

Pinto Mesa RX, about 2,400 acres west of I-17 and north of the junction of Highway 169 and I-17.

Onion Mountain RX, about 800 acres north of Highway 169 and west of I-17.

Prescribed burning is one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems.

These burns will mimic natural fires by reducing hazardous fuels accumulations, and reintroduce fire into a fire dependent system, recycling nutrients and increasing habitat diversity.

Mastication projects include about 100 acres near Federal Mine, which is located north and west of Cherry, and 350 acres south of Highway 169 between Mile Markers 6 through 10.

The intent of these projects are to improve the health and resiliency of fire-adapted ecosystems while simultaneously reducing hazardous fuels that pose a threat to life and property to surrounding communities.

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.

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