Wood pile burning on Mt. Lemmon to remove excess vegetation and reduce wildfire threat

February 6, 2019 - 2:38 pm

Fire crews will begin burning wood piles from forest thinning on Mt. Lemmon February 11 through 15, weather permitting.

Burning will occur along the Catalina Highway, and in Marshall Gulch, Sabino Work Center, Summerhaven and Whitetail Campground. Approximately 100 acres will be burned.

“This project is intended to reduce hazardous fuels adjacent to local communities,” said Santa Catalina District Ranger Charles Woodard. “It’s part of an ongoing fuels reduction project to reduce the threat of wildfire.”

Smoke may be seen from Catalina, Oracle, Summerhaven and Tucson.

No closures are anticipated. Motorists and recreationists are advised to use caution in the area, firefighters and fire engines will be present on and near roads, trails and recreation areas.

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