Fire managers are planning several prescribed burns Tuesday through Friday (April 26 - April 29), as weather permits, to reintroduce fire into the Ponderosa pine ecosystem and reduce forest fuel accumulation in strategic areas around northern Arizona communities.
Smoke from these prescribed burns may impact communities in the downwind areas of the burns and evening’s cooling temperatures may cause smoke to settle and drain down nearby canyons.
About 830 acres are planned to burn on Tuesday or Wednesday (April 26 to April 27) as weather and conditions allow. Expect overnight impacts from smoke into the communities of Mountainaire and Kachina.
About 300 acres are planned to burn about two miles north of San Francisco Peaks and four miles west of U.S. Route 89. Plans call for a one day burning during the week, between Tuesday and Friday (April 26 to April 29) as weather and conditions allow. Good ventilation is expected to push smoke to the north/northeast during the day and will be visible to residents in the immediate area and motorists along U.S. Routes 89 and 180.
About 500 acres, located about five miles southeast of Flagstaff near Lower Lake Mary are planned for a one day burn during the week, between Wednesday and Friday (April 27 and April 29) as weather and conditions allow. Smoke should move toward the north/northeast and could impact motorists along Lake Mary Road (Forest Highway 3).
About 400 acres, southeast of Flagstaff, near Pine Canyon subdivision and the Heckethorn community off Lake Mary Road. Planned for one day during the week between Tuesday and Friday (April 27 and April 29) as weather and conditions allow. Smoke is predicted to disperse to the east and will be very visible to those in the Flagstaff area but is not predicted to impact Flagstaff.
Upper Beaver Creek (Stoneman Lake area)
About 870 acres are planned for Wednesday or Thursday (April 27 and April 29) as weather and conditions allow. Location is immediately west and south of Stoneman Lake. Smoke may impact Stoneman Lake, Mormon Lake, and Munds Park communities to the north, and the Discovery Channel Telescope to the east. Cooling temperatures in the evenings may cause smoke to settle and drain down nearby canyons, potentially impacting the Village of Oak Creek.
Up to 1,600 acres total in 400 to 600 acre blocks each day for three days, depending on conditions and the weather. Five miles north of Clints Well, adjacent to Lake Mary Road (FH 3) in the Clear Creek Pines Unit 2. Planned for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, April 25 through 27 as weather permits. Good ventilation is expected to push smoke to the east during the day and will be visible to residents in the immediate area and motorists along Lake Mary Road in that area and State Route 87. Overnight smoke could impact Clear Creek Pines Units 1 and 2 and Lake Mary Road (FH 3) as it follows West Clear Creek drainage.
The public and media can get quick notification of when a prescribed burn or any other activity is happening on the Coconino National Forest by following us on Twitter www.twitter.com/CoconinoNF (@CoconinoNF). When ignition of a prescribed burn begins, we update our Twitter account so the public can know why smoke is in the air and where it is coming from.