Prescribed Burn Planned in the Prescott Basin

November 9, 2017 - 3:36 pm
Fire managers on the Bradshaw Ranger District are planning to resume prescribed burning in the Prescott Basin Tuesday November 14 th through Saturday November 18. The decision to proceed will be dependent on favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air
quality, weather forecasts and available resources.
 
North Spruce RX – approximately 500 acres located 2 miles south of Prescott and 1 mile northeast of
Groom Creek (T13N, R2W, S24). Vegetation consists of Ponderosa Pine, pockets of chaparral and grass.
Smoke could impact Senator Highway and Walker Road during the burn and evenings. With possible smoke
impacts to Watershed Trail, trail users might look at alternate trails to enjoy next week.
 
No road closures are anticipated, but in the interest of safety, forest visitors are reminded to obey all traffic
signs and use caution when traveling in the vicinity of the prescribed fire burn units as firefighters and fire-
related traffic will be in the area.
 
Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted
ecosystems. These burns will mimic natural fires by reducing hazardous fuels accumulations, and
reintroduce fire into a fire dependent system; recycling nutrients and increasing habitat diversity. Prescribed
fires are managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority. 
 
All prescribed fire activity is dependent on the availability of personnel and equipment, weather forecasts,
fuels moisture levels 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 fire information via the following:
 
 Prescott NF Forest Website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott/
 Twitter: @PrescottNF
 Bradshaw Ranger District: (928) 443-8000
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