A prescribed burn project is planned tonight on the Coconino National Forest in the Mogollon Rim Ranger District, approximately seven miles southeast of Mormon Lake.
Weather and ventilation is forecasted tomorrow to transport and disperse smoke toward the northeast, which may impact Winslow.
Prescribed burns are always dependent upon weather and wind conditions, which can differ drastically across the forest. Prescribed burns are also subject to approval from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, so this burn could be canceled if conditions are not suitable.
MOGOLLON RIM RANGER DISTRICT:
When: Ignitions for the Sawmill Project begin Wednesday evening (Nov. 1) at approximately 6 p.m. The estimated duration of this project is one day.
Where: The burn area is seven miles southeast of Mormon Lake, east of Lake Mary Road, using Forest Roads 638, 124H, 92C, local topography and FR 6045 as boundaries. (34°49'05.6"N, 111°22'32.4"W)
Size: 750 acres
Smoke Impacts: Smoke is predicted to move toward the east/northeast and may impact local communities such as Mormon Lake Village and motorists on Lake Mary Road. Winds may carry smoke as far north as Winslow, Joseph City, Holbrook and communities northeast of Winslow on the Hopi and Navajo Nations.
Cooling temperatures in the evenings may cause smoke to settle in the Happy Jack, Clints Well area and drain down nearby canyons.
Notifications of upcoming prescribed burns are provided regularly by news releases throughout the season and also by the following online resources: