Prescribed burns planned for next week on Coconino National Forest

April 13, 2018 - 3:16 pm

Coconino National Forest fire managers have planned several prescribed burns next week throughout the forest due to predicted favorable weather and wind conditions. These burns could be cancelled or postponed if conditions change.

 

FLAGSTAFF RANGER DISTRICT

A1 Mountain Project

When: Planned ignition will be Tuesday and Wednesday (April 17, 18). Ignitions typically begin around 8 a.m.

Where: Immediately east of Bellemont, ½ mile north of Interstate 40 and ½ mile east of Pilot Travel Center. (35°14'47.9"N 111°48'53.9"W

Size: 490 acres.

Closures/Restrictions: None expected.


Smoke Impacts: Smoke is predicted to move toward the east/northeast and may be seen by motorists on I 40 and by residents of Bellemont. Smoke may settle in the local area, local canyons and will drain to lower elevations in the I-40 corridor during the cooler evening hours and Wednesday morning. It is predicted to disperse by the following afternoon.
 

Kendrick Burn Project

When: Planned ground ignitions will be Wednesday (April 18).
Where: Twenty miles northwest of Flagstaff, 4 miles north of Kendrick Mountain. (35°27'52.6"N 111°50'35.0"W)

Size: 503 acres.
Closures/Restrictions: None expected.

Smoke Impacts: Smoke may be seen by motorists on U.S. Highway 180 north of Flagstaff during the day. Cooling temperatures in the evenings may cause smoke to settle and drain down nearby canyons and low lying areas. Smoke will likely appear thicker the morning after the burn as it settles overnight and should dissipate by early the next afternoon.

 

MOGOLLON RIM RANGER DISTRICT

Upper Beaver Creek Project (Buck Mountain area)

When: Planned ground ignitions are Tuesday through Thursday (April 16 to 18), with ground and aerial ignitions. Ignitions will begin around 9 a.m. and the duration of this project will be approximately three days.
Where: Approximately 22 miles east of Montezuma’s Castle National Monument and near Buck Mountain Lookout (34°41'58.2"N 111°26'45.4"W). This prescribed burn will be conducted across Buck Mountain, Buck Butte and further west outside of Wet Beaver Wilderness.

Size: 5,500 acres in total, broken into manageable blocks each day.

Closures/Restrictions: None.


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).

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:

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