Posted: 4/15/2019 - 11:52 am
A fuels reduction project in the Santa Rita Mountains will be conducted during the last two weeks of April. The Nogales Ranger District, Coronado National Forest will implement prescribed burning on 250 acres in the vicinity of Gardner Canyon. The project area is approximately six miles northwest of Sonoita, Arizona along Santa Rita Road.
The purposes of the project are to reduce hazardous fuels and potential wildfire intensity in the wildland urban interface in the Sonoita, Gardner Canyon and Hog Canyon residential areas; to improve forest health by reducing canopy cover from encroaching woody species; to restore the native semi-desert grassland; to improve wildlife habitat and to...
Posted: 4/10/2019 - 11:39 am
The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) is issuing a High Pollution Advisory (HPA) for course particulate matter (PM-10) effective April 10, 2019, in Maricopa County. PM-10 is made up of small particles found in dust. ADEQ recommends that people limit outdoor activity while the HPA is in effect, especially children and adults with respiratory problems.
People most vulnerable to the impacts of air pollution...
Posted: 4/8/2019 - 12:18 pm
Coconino National Forest firefighters are planning to take advantage of favorable weather conditions this week for prescribed burn operations, beginning as early as Tuesday.
This week’s broadcast prescribed burns will target up to 1,800 acres on the Red Rock Ranger District and an additional 300 acres of pile burns on the eastern side of the Mogollon Rim Ranger District. The increased wind speed is a benefit for these planned burns, which are a part of the 5-year plan to reduce hazardous fuels and improve forest health on the Coconino National Forest.
Red Rock Ranger District - Apache Maid Range Project
When: April 9 to 12 (Tuesday to Friday...
Posted: 4/8/2019 - 9:53 am
The adage is true. One spark can start a wildfire – just like the Sawmill Fire in Southern Arizona.
And every year, people continue to be the number one cause of wildfires in the state.
With the abundance of winter moisture across Arizona, the Department of Forestry and Fire Management wants to remind people not to get complacent.
Sunday kicked off Southwest Wildfire Awareness Week with this year’s theme, ‘Prevention today for protection tomorrow.’
The goal of the week is to promote actions that prevent human-caused wildfires and reduce the risk of wildfire to homes and our Arizona communities. And prevention is key when it comes to wildfire risk...
Posted: 4/4/2019 - 3:33 pm
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Phoenix District will conduct a prescribed burn of cut and piled juniper within 120-acres of the Agua Fria National Monument, in the Sycamore Mesa area — approximately five miles northeast of Cordes Junction. The burn is planned for one to three days between April 6 and 13.
The BLM will ignite the piles when the weather conditions are favorable. Residents in the area should expect some light smoke to be visible during the burn operation. Firefighters will remain on the scene to control the burning piles, as well as to monitor public and resource safety. No local road closures are expected.
By thinning and burning the juniper that has encroached...