A one day prescribed fire operation is scheduled to occur on Saturday Oct 5 on the Williams Ranger District approximately 6 miles northwest of the community of Spring Valley. Aerial ignitions will be used to ignite an 1872 acre unit of the Marteen Prescribed fire project. This burn is expected to be completed in one operational period.
The unit being treated is situated within the Marteen Wildfire burn scar from 2008. Maintenance burning in previously burned areas such as this help consume accumulations of dead and down woody debris left behind from the original wildfire that occurred years earlier.
Smoke will be visible from Highway 180 and State Route 64 near Valle. Smoke may transport to the east and northeast in the vicinity of Kendrick Park on the north side of Kendrick Mountain during the day, with overnight residuals moving northwest up Spring Valley Wash into the area south of Valle. However, smoke production and duration will be very short and minimal by the following day.
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During operations, fire personnel and vehicles will be visible to the public. Motorists are reminded to slow down and drive with heightened caution when passing through active project areas. Hunters and campers are encouraged to seek alternative campsites away from the active fire vicinity while operations are occurring.
All prescribed burning on the Kaibab National Forest is subject to approval by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality. (ADEQ) To view approved prescribed burns for any given day on the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality’s website go to: smoke.azdeq.gov/
Notifications of upcoming prescribed fire projects are provided regularly by news releases throughout the year and through the following sources: