Coconino National Forest

Coconino National Forest firefighters are planning to take advantage of favorable weather conditions this week for prescribed burn operations, beginning as early as Tuesday.

This week’s broadcast prescribed burns will target up to 1,800 acres on the Red Rock Ranger District and an additional 300 acres of pile burns on the eastern side of the Mogollon Rim Ranger District. The increased wind speed is a benefit for these planned burns, which are a part of the 5-year plan to reduce hazardous fuels and improve forest health on the Coconino National Forest.

The Winter Fire, located in the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness approximately 15 miles northwest of Sedona, is currently 65 acres and approximately 75 percent contained.

The fire is crawling up the eastern slope of the canyon in an area that is steep and thick with brush, inaccessible to firefighters, and will be placed in monitor status. Firefighters will be checking the area daily.

Fire managers will be conducting slash pile burns Thursday (Nov. 29) and Friday (Nov. 30) near Clints Well and Flagstaff.

Mogollon Rim Ranger District firefighters are planning to burn slash piles both Thursday and Friday near the intersection of state Routes 87 and 260 southwest of Clints Well. Smoke may be noticeable from these machine piles as wind speed decreases. Smoke will settle during evening hours in the West Clear Creek Wilderness and impact low lying areas near the burn site.

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