Fire managers on the Bradshaw Ranger District plan to take advantage of favorable weather conditions and have planned to start treating the 79/80 and Waterfalls Prescribed Burns south of Prescott and Groom Creek, near the Lower and Upper Wolf Creek Campgrounds on Wednesday, October 16. All burning is weather dependent.
Fire managers will utilize tactics to keep smoke impacts as minimal as possible. These may include canceling approved burns when conditions aren’t favorable, timing daytime ignitions to allow the majority of smoke to disperse prior to settling overnight, and burning larger sections at a time when conditions are favorable to reduce the overall number of days smoke is in the area.
79/80: Broadcast burn unit. Approximately 662 acres located south of Groom Creek off Senator Hwy (FS Rd 52). Fire managers may be utilizing aerial ignition devices in addition to ground ignitions on this prescribed burn.
Waterfalls: Broadcast burn unit. Approximately 644 acres located south of Groom Creek off Wolf Creek Rd (County Rd 101). Fire managers may be utilizing aerial ignition devices in addition to ground ignitions on this prescribed burn.
In the interest of safety, forest visitors are reminded to obey all traffic signs and use caution when traveling in the vicinity of all prescribed burn units as firefighters and fire-related traffic will be in the area. Drivers should be prepared for short delays adjacent to operations along roads.
Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems. These burns will mimic natural fires by reducing hazardous fuels accumulations, and reintroduce fire into a fire dependent system; recycling nutrients and increasing habitat diversity. Prescribed fires are managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority.
All prescribed fire activity is dependent on the availability of personnel and equipment, weather forecasts, fuels moisture levels and conditions that minimize smoke impacts as best as possible and approval from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (www.azdeq.gov).
Messages will be posted to social media when managed fires are ignited on the Prescott National Forest:
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