Air Quality

Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (NFs) fire managers on the Lakeside Ranger and Springerville ranger districts plan to conduct pile burns today, weather conditions permitting.

The planned prescribed burns are in the Morgan Wash area, west of Porter Mountain Estates off Forest Road 45; and the area of Water Canyon Pit, Greer Pit and Greens Peak Hideaway Pit, where crews will burn approximately 100 acres near the southwest end of Forest Road 87.  

Fire managers on the Prescott National Forest are planning to continue treatment on several projects across the forest beginning Tuesday, November 4 through Tuesday, November 11; pending favorable weather conditions.  Specific days to burn will be determined by current and expected weather patterns allowing fire managers to make every effort to achieve objectives of the burn and minimize overall smoke production . 

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) has issued a same day PM-10 Health Watch.

There is an area of low-pressure tracking across the southern Arizona border. Enough atmospheric instability and moisture should be present to generate afternoon shower and thunderstorm activity for the eastern half of the state. This would include the dust prone areas,

Fire managers anticipate starting multiple prescribed fire treatment projects on the Tusayan Ranger District as early as Thursday. Officials hope to treat approximately 3,000 acres with fire before wet weather conditions arrive for the winter.

Prescribed fire treatments require that fire managers continuously monitor weather and fuel conditions throughout the treatment process in order to ensure firefighter and visitor safety. The following prescribed treatments are scheduled for the upcoming week but will only be implemented only once conditions are favorable to do so:

The two fires being managed to achieve resource objectives near Tusayan, Ariz., remain active while the other managed fires on the Kaibab National Forest and the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park have slowed substantially or petered out due to rain. Much of northern Arizona has received substantial precipitation over the last few days, putting a damper on the naturally-ignited fires that were being managed to improve forest health and reduce the likelihood of future high-severity fires.

The fires being managed for resource benefit on the Kaibab National Forest and the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park are growing slowly but steadily as weather conditions vary on a daily basis. Yesterday, the fires received varying amounts of precipitation, from a heavy downpour on the Sitgreaves Complex to more light and scattered rainfall on the fires further north.


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