Coconino National Forest firefighters plan to conduct pile burns starting today in several areas taking advantage of today's wind changes to prevent smoke impacts on our communities.
These burns are part of the thinning projects planned on the Flagstaff Ranger District, Mogollon Rim Ranger District and the Red Rock Ranger District this fall and are part of a strategy to allow fire treatment to protect watersheds and improve the safety of the communities around them.
Coconino National Forest issued a temporary closure order July 17 which is now expanding into more units of this active forest thinning project near the southwest base of Mount Elden in order to keep the public safe from forest harvesting operations.
The Elden Base Project, a 642-acre subset of the overall Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project (FWPP), will be completed in 13 units or segments. The active units will be closed to the public while the inactive units will be open for public use.