Two prescribed burns begin today on Coconino National Forest

November 9, 2017 - 11:20 am

Two prescribed burn projects begin this morning on the Coconino National Forest which will produce smoke south of Kendrick Mountain and also near Clint’s Well.

The Horseshoe Wild Bill project (16 miles northwest of the Flagstaff) and Blue Ridge Urban Interface project (north of Clint’s Well) were both scheduled to begin Monday and Tuesday, but the projects were postponed until yesterday due to unfavorable weather and wind conditions. Today the projects continue and will finish up the Coconino National Forest’s prescribed burning for this week.

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 as they are coordinated across multiple forests.


Horseshoe – Wild Bill North Project

When: This project will only go forward tomorrow if the Horseshoe Slate project is completed today. Planned ignition will be tomorrow (Nov. 9) at approximately 10 a.m.  The estimated duration of this project is one to two days.
Where: The burn area is approximately 16 miles northwest of Flagstaff, southeast of Kendrick Mountain.

(35°22'11.36"N, 111°49'30.82"W)

Size: Approximately 1,500 acres.

Closures/Restrictions: None.
Smoke Impacts: Smoke impacts are possible in areas such as Crowley Park, Kendrick Park, Snowbowl Estates, U.S. Highway 180 and state Route 89A, as well as the communities of Cameron, Tuba City, Wupatki National Monument and the Little Colorado River Valley.


Blue Ridge Urban Interface Project

When: Ignitions for the Blue Ridge Urban Interface Project begin Monday (Nov. 6) at approximately 9-9:30 a.m. The estimated duration of this project is one day.

Where: The burn area is 10 miles northeast of Clint’s Well, along state Route 87, using Forest Roads 95,  513, local topography and FR 6068A as boundaries. (34°37'47.4"N 111°10'31.1"W)

Size: Approximately 500 acres.

Closures/Restrictions: None.

Smoke Impacts: Smoke is predicted to move toward the east/northeast and may impact local communities such as Clear Creek Pines Units 3-7 and motorists on state Route 87. Cooling temperatures in the evenings may cause smoke to settle in the Happy Jack 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:

For information on possible road closures or road restrictions associated with prescribed burns, please visit