Prescott National Forest fire managers plan to continue fuels treatment in the Prescott Basin. Benefits from these treatment help to reduce hazardous fuels adjacent to the wildland urban interface and increase ecosystem and community resilience. Burning will start on Friday March 3rd and continue through Friday, March 10th, pending favorable weather conditions.
Spruce Mountain Piles – Piles are located approximately 5 miles south and east of Prescott near the community of Groom Creek (T13N, R2W, S31).
Oak Knoll Piles – Piles are located approximately 2 miles south of Prescott (T13N, R2W, S12, 13, 14).
Skyline Piles – Piles are located north and west of Thumb Butte and east of Highland Pines (T14N, R3W, S22)
Burning of debris left over from thinning projects require moisture in the surrounding vegetation and typically produces much lighter smoke than broadcast burning. Pile burning is one piece of the ongoing fuels reduction work in the Prescott basin.
All prescribed fires activity is dependent on the availability of personnel and equipment, weather, fuels and conditions that minimize smoke impacts as best as possible and approval from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (www.azdeq.gov).
The public can obtain additional prescribed fire information via the following: