The Clifton Ranger District on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests plans to begin the Mesa Re-Entry prescribed burn on April 3. The project will take two to three weeks to complete, depending on weather conditions.
The 7,885-acre burn area is bounded to the north and west by the Pine Flats Road (FR 515), to the east by the Sheep Wash Drainage, and to the south by the Upper Eagle Creek Road (FR 217).
Fuel types include grass, juniper, oak, pinyon pine, ponderosa pine, and some areas of juniper slash from thinning projects. The burn is intended to reduce canopy cover by 20-40 percent and maintain areas of reduced canopy cover achieved in past prescribed burns. It will also reduce juniper re-sprouts and enhance mule deer, white-tailed deer, turkey, pronghorn antelope, and javelina habitat.
Ignitions will only occur during the week, and the burn will be monitored by crews over the weekend.
For current fire information, red flags warnings, and fire restrictions, visit www.311info.net, dial 311 or call (928) 333-3412.