Coconino National Forest firefighters plan to begin a 2,000-acre prescribed burn beginning tomorrow morning several miles south of Stoneman Lake.
This burn, located approximately 3 miles south of Stoneman Lake, is part of a strategy to allow fire across the landscape in order to restore forests to healthier conditions. Frequent, low-intensity fire removes accumulated smaller fuels and recycles nutrients in the soils to promote healthy vegetation and wildlife habitat. A healthier forest is a safer forest for firefighters and residents when wildfires inevitably occur.
- Project: Upper Beaver Creek: Apache Maid
- When: April 24 and 25 (Wednesday and Thursday) beginning at approximately 9 a.m.
- Where: About 3 miles south of Stoneman Lake and 7 miles east of Interstate 17. GPS: 34.731625, -111.534452
- Size: Approximately 2,000 acres.
- Smoke Impacts: Ventilation is predicted to move smoke toward the northeast. Cooling temperatures in the evenings may cause light smoke to settle in low-lying areas such as Wet Beaver Creek, Rarick Canyon, Rattlesnake Canyon, and possible impacts to communities near Rimrock.
Prescribed burns are always dependent upon weather and wind conditions, as well as approval from Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ). The public can view approved prescribed burns on ADEQ’s website at smoke.azdeq.gov. Coconino National Forest burns begin with the designation “COF.”
Notifications of upcoming prescribed burns are provided regularly by news releases throughout the season and the following online resources:
For more information about prescribed burns and the benefits of these fires across the landscape, please visit our Prescribed Burns and Smoke webpage.