Coconino National Forest fire managers have planned several prescribed burns next week throughout the forest.
FLAGSTAFF RANGER DISTRICT:
Munds Park Project
When: Planned ignition will be Tuesday (April 10). Ignitions typically begin around 8 a.m.
Where: Immediately south of Munds Park, bordering the Pinewood Country Club and Odell Lake. (34°55'53.9"N 111°38'12.1"W)
Size: 100 acres.
Closures/Restrictions: None expected.
Smoke Impacts: Smoke is predicted to move toward the east/northeast and may be seen by motorists on Interstate 17, Lake Mary Road and in Munds Park. Smoke may settle in the Munds Park area, local canyons and could reach Oak Creek Canyon during the cooler evening hours and Wednesday morning. It is predicted to disperse by the following afternoon.
Lower Lake Mary Burn Project
When: Planned ground and helicopter aerial ignitions will be Wednesday (April 11).
Where: Eight miles southeast of Flagstaff, south of Lower Lake Mary. (35°05'04.5"N 111°34'28.8"W)
Size: 1,360 acres.
Closures/Restrictions: Thick smoke on Lake Mary Road may delay motorists for short periods of time.
Smoke Impacts: Smoke may be seen and could impact areas near Lower and Upper Lake Mary and motorists on Lake Mary Road during the day. Cooling temperatures in the evenings may cause smoke to settle and drain down nearby canyons, potentially impacting Oak Creek Canyon, Continental and Walnut Canyon. Smoke will likely appear thicker the morning after the burn as it settles overnight, but should dissipate by early the next afternoon.
Walker Hill Project (north of the San Francisco Peaks)
When: Planned ground and helicopter aerial ignitions will be Thursday (April 12).
Where: South of Kendrick Park, east of U.S. Highway 180 and near the White Horse Hills. (35°23'35.2"N 111°43'54.6"W)
Size: 1,350 acres.
Closures/Restrictions: None expected.
Smoke Impacts: Smoke may be seen and could impact areas north/northeast of Kendrick Park during the day and will be visible from U.S. Highways 180 and 89. Cooling temperatures in the evenings may cause smoke to settle in Kendrick Park and lower ranch areas of the White Horse Hills. Smoke will likely appear thicker the morning after the burn as it settles overnight, but should dissipate by early the next afternoon.
MOGOLLON RIM RANGER DISTRICT:
Upper Beaver Creek Project (Buck Mountain areas)
When: Planned ground ignitions are Monday through Thursday, with ground and aerial ignitions on a larger block Friday (April 10 to 13). Ignitions will begin around 9 a.m. and duration of this project will be approximately five days.
Where: Approximately 20 miles directly east of Montezuma’s Castle National Monument and near Buck Mountain Lookout. This prescribed burn will be conducted near the high voltage powerlines running from the northeast to the southwest across Buck Mountain. On Friday operations will go further west of buck Mountain outside of Wet Beaver Wilderness.
Size: 6,500 acres in total, broken into manageable blocks each day.
Smoke Impacts: Smoke is predicted to move toward the east/northeast and may impact Mormon Lake communities to the north and the Discovery Channel Telescope to the east. Smoke may be seen from Lake Mary Road and I-17. Cooling temperatures in the evenings may cause smoke to settle and drain down nearby canyons, Beaver Creek, West Clear Creek, the Verde Valley and possibly impact the Village of Oak Creek.
Prescribed burns are always dependent upon weather and wind conditions, as well as approval from Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ). These burns could be canceled if conditions are not suitable.
The public can view approved prescribed burns on ADEQ’s website at smoke.azdeq.gov. Burns on the Coconino National Forest begin with the forest’s designator “COF.”
Notifications of upcoming prescribed burns are provided regularly by news releases throughout the season and also by the following online resources: