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.
Two prescribed burn projects will begin this morning on the Coconino National Forest which will produce smoke north of the San Francisco Peaks and also north of Clint’s Well.
The Horseshoe Slate project (north of the San Francisco Peaks) and Blue Ridge Urban Interface project (north of Clint’s Well) were both scheduled to begin Monday and Tuesday, but the projects were postponed due to unfavorable weather and wind conditions.
An additional prescribed burn project—Horseshoe Wild Bill North—is planned for tomorrow, but only if the Horseshoe Slate project is completed today.
Coconino National Forest fire managers have finalized the prescribed burn plan for fall and spring, which will reintroduce fire into the Ponderosa pine ecosystem at different times throughout the season to help protect and buffer communities from severe wildfires.
A prescribed burn project is planned tonight on the Coconino National Forest in the Mogollon Rim Ranger District, approximately seven miles southeast of Mormon Lake.
Weather and ventilation is forecasted tomorrow to transport and disperse smoke toward the northeast, which may impact Winslow.
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, so this burn could be canceled if conditions are not suitable.
The following prescribed burns are planned for the week of May 1-5 on the Coconino National Forest.
These prescribed burns are conducted in order to help protect communities from severe wildfires by reducing forest fuel accumulation in strategic areas around northern Arizona communities, and also reintroduce fire into the Ponderosa pine ecosystem to help restore ecological integrity.
Everyone knows spring follows winter, which means mud season follows snow season. Many roads in the Coconino National Forest are still closed until the snowbanks melt and the soil dries out.
This year the Coconino NF has numerous people ignoring closed gates and bypassing or destroying them to access the soft and muddy forest roads. The vandalism of the forest gates is three to four times more this year than in previous years, according to Forest Service law enforcement and local Arizona Game and Fish patrols.
The Mogollon Rim Ranger District is planning to burn about 2,000 acres of light grasses and Juniper tree fuels approximately 16 miles north and east of the Blue Ridge Ranger Station on State Highway 87 on March 20 or 21 (Monday or Tuesday) if weather cooperates.
The burn location is on the far eastern boundary of the Coconino National Forest, one mile southeast of State Highway 87.
Fire managers are waiting for the correct weather and winds to ignite this area, as winds need to be southwesterly to minimize smoke impact to drivers on the highway and communities.
When the snow flies in Northern Arizona, people from all over the state come and play in the Flagstaff area.
Three-day weekends, such as the one upcoming, are weekends when masses of people converge upon northern Arizona and Coconino National Forest to play in the snow. Drivers, visitors and residents will need to have extra patience and be courteous to each other.
Recent snows have brought many visitors to snow play areas along state Route 180, north of Flagstaff, which has caused dangerous conditions as people are parking illegally on the side of SR 180.