Mt. Graham

The Safford Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest plans to conduct wood pile burning activities on Mt. Graham in the Pinaleño Mountains over the next several weeks. Burning will be dependent upon weather conditions.

The project is intended to reduce excessive vegetation or “fuel” in and adjacent to the summer home area of Turkey Flat to create defensible space and restore a more fire resilient forest within the area.

Wood piles in the Noon Creek administrative site and Snow Flat areas may also be burned.

Visitors to Mt. Graham are advised to use extra caution due to monsoonal storms and increased potential for flooding.

Heavy rainfall may cause downstream flooding of streams, canyons, roads and trails during and after storms. On Mt. Graham, runoff and flooding may be accelerated from the burn scar of the 2017 Frye Fire, as vegetative cover has been lost and water, soil, rocks and woody debris may move swiftly downslope without warning.

For Immediate Release. The Coronado National Forest and the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) are working together to ensure the survival of the current highway bridge at Wet Canyon on SR-366 (Swift Trail).  This highway is the only road access to the high country in the Pinaleno Mountains (Mt. Graham and other high-country areas).  An active monsoon season has resulted in extreme flooding events from areas burned during the recent Frye Fire.

The Coronado National Forest, Safford Ranger District plans to conduct wood pile burning activities on Mt. Graham, in the Pinaleño Mountains, over the next several months. Burning will be dependent upon weather conditions.

The project is intended to reduce excessive vegetation, or “fuel,” in and adjacent to the summer home areas of Turkey Flat and Old Columbine to create defensible space and restore a more fire-resilient forest within the area. 

Wood piles will also be burned in the vicinity of Grant Hill. 

Due to moist conditions in the Pinaleño Mountains from recent precipitation, personnel from the Safford Ranger District, Coronado National Forest will burn wood piles on Mt. Graham over the next month.  Smoke may be visible from surrounding areas.

The work will occur primarily in the Grant Creek to Riggs Lake area.  Crews anticipate burning Monday through Thursday for the month of November. 

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