Prescott National Forest

Prescott National Forest officials would like to warn trail users to be cautious and aware of the possibility of continually changing trail conditions.  It has been reported to us that on November 13th a user encountered a single strand of barb wire that was strung at head height between a fence line and a dead tree crossing Arrastra Creek Trail, #275.  The location puts it approximately one mile in from Senator Highway going east on Arrastra Creek Trail.  Law Enforcement has not verified if this was done intentionally, but want to warn trail users of the potential risk.   

Fire managers on the Bradshaw Ranger District are planning to resume prescribed burning in the Prescott Basin Tuesday November 14 th through Saturday November 18. The decision to proceed will be dependent on favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air
quality, weather forecasts and available resources.
 
North Spruce RX – approximately 500 acres located 2 miles south of Prescott and 1 mile northeast of
Groom Creek (T13N, R2W, S24). Vegetation consists of Ponderosa Pine, pockets of chaparral and grass.

The Prescott National Forest, Bradshaw Ranger District is planning a series of prescribed burns around the Prescott Basin.  As conditions allow, depending on short term and long term weather patterns, prescribed burn activities can occur anytime during the next six months.  Low lying areas, including the City of Prescott and Prescott Valley are expected to have smoke impacts, especially during the night caused by night time inversions.  Areas affected by smoke during the day will depend on the wind direction during prescribed burning implementation.

The Prescott National Forest, Bradshaw Ranger District is planning a series of prescribed burns around the Prescott Basin.  As conditions allow, depending on short term and long term weather patterns, prescribed burn activities can occur anytime during the next six months.  Low lying areas, including the City of Prescott and Prescott Valley are expected to have smoke impacts, especially during the night caused by night time inversions.  Areas affected by smoke during the day will depend on the wind direction during prescribed burning implementation.

The Prescott National Forest, Bradshaw Ranger District is planning a series of prescribed burns around the Prescott Basin.  As conditions allow, depending on short term and long term weather patterns, prescribed burn activities can occur anytime during the next six months.  Low lying areas, including the City of Prescott and Prescott Valley are expected to have smoke impacts, especially during the night caused by night time inversions.  Areas affected by smoke during the day will depend on the wind direction during prescribed burning implementation.

The Goodwin Fire Temporary Closure will be lifted on Sunday, October 1st at 8:00 am.   Big Bug Mesa, Senator Highway, Palace Station, and all other roads and trails in the fire area will re-open to the public.   The only remaining closure will be sections of the Charcoal Gulch Trail # 9419 and Nemo Springs Trail #9405 that will remain impassable due to contingency fire line construction in the Blue Hills Area outside the burn scar.  These trails will be rebuilt and located during this fall 2017 season.   

On Tuesday, August 1st through Friday, August 4th the Forest Service plans to conduct the annual aerial survey for insect and disease outbreaks on the Prescott National Forest. Forest Service airplanes and helicopters regularly fly over private, state, and National Forest System lands at low altitudes to perform a variety of natural resource management missions, including insect and disease surveys, remote sensing to acquire aerial images and data, and firefighting.  

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