To decrease the risk of future wildfires and protect cultural and natural resources, fire managers with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Arizona Strip District plan to burn slash debris piles located in the Mt. Trumbull area. The treatments located 30 miles south of Fredonia, Arizona will take place along the BLM 1768 Road, south of County Road 5 and Potato Valley. Burning may occur over multiple days between February through March 2023.
To ensure public safety, BLM fire fighters will ignite the piles when weather conditions are conducive to burning. They will remain on scene to monitor public and resource safety. Visitors to this region of the Arizona Strip may see some light smoke during the burn operation. Smoke emissions will be managed in accordance with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality regulations.
No local road closures are expected but public access may be restricted during ignition and periods of active fire to ensure public safety. Signs will be posted to notify the public.
Funding for this prescribed burn came from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law of 2021. The legislation provides funds for fuel treatments to help reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire and benefit neighboring communities.