Prescribed Burn Planned for Sierra Vista Ranger District

February 27, 2019 - 12:09 pm

Potential road closure on Forest Road 61

Coronado National Forest, Sierra Vista Ranger District will conduct a prescribed burn in coordination with the National Park Service, Coronado National Memorial.  

The Border I Prescribed Burn is scheduled to occur in early to mid-March, 2019 depending on weather conditions.  The 1,160 acre burn is located on the west side of the Huachuca Mountains, adjacent to Montezuma Pass. The burn unit will encompass Forest Service and National Park Service managed lands from Forest Road 61 west to Copper Canyon and south to the Border Road. 

In order to ensure public and firefighter safety, Montezuma Pass Overlook will be closed during burning operations.  Additionally, Forest Road 61 may be closed during active ignitions for public safety.  Smoke from the burn will occur during operations, and is anticipated to be sporadic for a few days following the burn. 

The Border I Prescribed Burn will directly benefit the ranger district and Coronado National Memorial by addressing the purposes of the Huachuca FireScape Project environmental analysis, a multi-agency collaborative analysis to integrate the fire and fuels management activities of three Federal agencies (Forest Service; National Park Service; Department of Defense) across approximately 400,000 acres. 

The purposes of the Huachuca FireScape Project are to reduce the costs, resource damage, and threats to public and firefighter safety from future wildland fires; restore and sustain ecological processes in fire-dependent ecosystems; create and maintain fuel conditions that produce manageable fire behavior and intensity; and encourage the restoration of vegetation and fuel conditions toward their historic conditions and ecological resiliency. 

For more information contact the Sierra Vista Ranger District located at 4070 S. Avenida Saracino in Hereford, Arizona.  The office can be reached by calling (520) 378-0311.  Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.