The Coronado National Forest, Safford Ranger District plans to conduct wood pile burning activities on Mt. Graham, in the Pinaleño Mountains, over the next several months. Burning will be dependent upon weather conditions.
The project is intended to reduce excessive vegetation, or “fuel,” in and adjacent to the summer home areas of Turkey Flat and Old Columbine to create defensible space and restore a more fire-resilient forest within the area.
Wood piles will also be burned in the vicinity of Grant Hill.
Smoke will be visible from the Gila Valley and surrounding areas. Highway 366, also known as the Swift Trail, may be impacted by smoke during the operations. No highway closures are anticipated at this time. Motorists are encouraged to use caution while driving in the area.
Prescribed burning provides many benefits and is essential to maintaining healthy forest ecosystems. It provides habitat diversity, recycles plant nutrients into the soil and encourages new growth for a variety of plants used by wildlife and livestock. Prescribed burning of forest ground fuels also reduces the threat of large-scale wildfire impacts to private and public lands.
Fire crews will be on-scene throughout the project.
For further information, please contact the Safford Ranger District Office at (928) 428-4150, Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The office is closed on federal holidays.