The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests fire managers on the Clifton Ranger District are planning to conduct prescribed burning during March. All prescribed fire activity is dependent on personnel availability, weather – including winds and ventilation, and approval from the ADEQ (www.azdeq.gov).
Sunset Re-Entry Rx 2016: The Sunset Re-Entry 3,000-acre burn area prescription begins on March 14, 2016. The project will take one to two weeks to complete. Bounded to the north and east by Coal Creek and US 78, and to the south and west by Martinez Ranch Rd (FR 212).
Mesa Re-Entry Rx 2016: The Mesa Re-Entry 9,100-acre burn area prescription begins on March 21, 2016. The project will take two to three weeks to complete. Bounded to the north and east by Turkey Creek, to the south by Juan Miller Rd (FR 475), and to the west by US 191 and Sheep Wash.
Fuels types on both fires include grass, juniper, oak, pinyon pine, and ponderosa pine. The burns are intended to reduce canopy cover and maintain areas of reduced canopy cover achieved in past prescribed burns. It will also reduce juniper re-sprouts and enhance mule deer, white-tail deer, turkey, pronghorn antelope, and javelina habitat.
Questions or concerns contact Joe Names, Clifton Ranger District Fire Management Officer at (928) 687-8607 or call (928) 687-8600.