Prescott National Forest fire managers plan to burn piles at two locations if moisture is received. Benefits from these treatment help to reduce hazardous fuels adjacent to the wildland urban interface and increase ecosystem and community resilience.
Burning is planned Tuesday, September 20 through Friday, September 23. Ponderosa Piles – 5 acres of piles located south of Ponderosa Park(T13N, R2W, S32) Oak Knoll Piles - 29 acres of piles located approximately 2 miles west of Lynx Lake and south of the Ranch of Prescott subdivision (T13N, R2W, Sec 12, 15).
Residents and visitors to the area can expect to see and smell moderate amounts of smoke during burning operations. During operations signs will be posted on roads and motorists are urged to use caution and slow down for the safety of firefighters and the public. 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:
- Prescott NF Fire Information Hotline: (928) 777-5799
- Prescott NF Forest Website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott/
- Local Ranger Stations: Bradshaw Ranger District, (928) 443-8000; Chino Valley Ranger District (928) 777-2200; Verde Ranger District (928) 567-4121