Prescott National Forest

Campfire, smoking, and shooting restrictions will likely go into effect on the Prescott National Forest on Thursday, June 1st, at 8:00 a.m. Forest managers have determined that key criteria will be reached or near enough to warrant taking these restrictive actions.  These include rapid drying of live and dead forest vegetation, escalating fire weather conditions, the potential commitment of firefighting resource across the region, and increased forest visitor use.

Prescott National Forest fire managers plan to continue fuels treatment in the Prescott Basin.  Benefits from these treatment help to reduce hazardous fuels adjacent to the wildland urban interface and increase ecosystem and community resilience.  Burning will start on Tuesday, May 9th and continue through Friday, May 12; pending favorable weather conditions.

Groom Creek Horse Camp - Piles are located approximately 5 miles south and east of Prescott near Groom Creek Horse Camp and Loba Lodge (T13N, R2W, S26, 34).     

Fire managers on the Verde Ranger District plan to burn piles on Mingus Mountain, Monday March 20th through Friday, March 24th; weather conditions permitting.  Locations are near the Summer Homes, North and South of the Communications Towers and areas along Forest Road 413, 105 and 132. Piles have been generated from harvest activity and Timber Stand Improvement (TSI) thinning’s.

Prescott National Forest fire managers plan to continue fuels treatment in the Prescott Basin.  Benefits from these treatment help to reduce hazardous fuels adjacent to the wildland urban interface and increase ecosystem and community resilience.  Burning will start on Friday March 3rd and continue through Friday, March 10th, pending favorable weather conditions.

Spruce Mountain Piles – Piles are located approximately 5 miles south and east of Prescott near the community of Groom Creek (T13N, R2W, S31).   

Fire managers on the Verde Ranger District plan to burn piles on Mingus Mountain, Monday November 21st and Tuesday, November 22nd; weather conditions permitting. Locations are near the Summer Homes, North and South of the Communications Towers and areas along Forest Road 413, 105 and 132. Piles have been generated from harvest activity and Timber Stand Improvement (TSI) thinning’s.

Fire managers on the Verde Ranger District have several fuel treatments planned through the end of November.  Depending on current and expected weather conditions, either of the two project could start on Tuesday November 1st.   Tactics to keep smoke impacts as minimal as possible include canceling approved burns when conditions aren’t favorable, timing daytime ignitions to allow the majority of smoke to disperse prior to settling overnight, and burning larger sections at a time when conditions are favorable to reduce the overall number of days smoke is in the area.

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