Multiple pile burns are planned for the week of Jan. 25 in both the Flagstaff Ranger District and the Mogollon Rim Ranger District.
Flagstaff Ranger District:
Three separate pile burns are scheduled to occur between Monday and Friday of next week.
Roughly 305 acres will be burned at the southwest base of Mount Elden, south of Elden Lookout Road, over the course of one to five days as part of phase 1 of the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project.
About 150 acres will be burned in the Chimney Springs area near Highway 180 and Forest Road (FR) 164B in the Fort Valley area. These burns are expected to last between one and three days.
Twenty acres will be burned during a one-day operation along Snowbowl Road. These burns will occur in the Baderville area North of Highway 180 and Snowbowl Road.
No closures are anticipated due to any of these Flagstaff-area burns, but due to predicted southwest winds, smoke will likely move northeast. Smoke may settle in low-lying areas surrounding the burn areas and will be visible to the Flagstaff metro area as well as the Interstate 17, Interstate 40, Highway 18, and U.S. Highway 89 and 89A corridors.
Mogollon Rim Ranger District:
Two pile burns are planned between Tuesday and Thursday of next week.
About 100 acres of Windmill Piles will be burned three miles north of Clints Well, east of Lake Mary Road. Due to predicted southwest winds, smoke will likely move northeast. Smoke may settle in the low-lying areas surrounding the burn and will be visible from Lake Mary Road.
Roughly five acres of Blue Ridge Piles will be burned in a one-day operation one mile east of the Blue Ridge Ranger Station on Forest Road (FR) 95. There are no anticipated closures, but smoke is also predicted to move northeast, and settle in low-lying areas surrounding the burn. Smoke may be visible from Highway 87.