Fire crews with the Kaibab National Forest plan to implement a prescribed fire project near Tusayan starting tomorrow and continuing through Thursday in order to improve forest health and reduce the risk of unnaturally severe wildfire to the community.
Coconino National Forest fire managers have scaled back several burn projects this week due to weather conditions and resource availability, while focusing on one prescribed burn in the Flagstaff area and another near Buck Mountain tomorrow.
The Upper Lake Mary Project and Upper Beaver Creek Project will begin tomorrow morning while winds and conditions are favorable. Other prescribed burns that were planned for Wednesday, such as the A1 Mountain Project and Kendrick Project, have been cancelled until conditions are better.
Coconino National Forest fire managers have planned several prescribed burns next week throughout the forest due to predicted favorable weather and wind conditions. These burns could be cancelled or postponed if conditions change.
FLAGSTAFF RANGER DISTRICT
A1 Mountain Project
When: Planned ignition will be Tuesday and Wednesday (April 17, 18). Ignitions typically begin around 8 a.m.
The National Weather Service has issued a RED FLAG WARNING for Wednesday (April 11) and Thursday (April 12) for areas of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests due to strong winds and low relative humidity.
Only the National Weather Service can issue a Red Flag Warning. The term Red Flag Warning is used by fire weather forecasters to alert fire personnel and the public of potential extreme and critical fire weather due to high winds and low relative humidity. Red Flag Warnings are issued when the ALL of the following criteria are met:
The Springerville Ranger District on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests plans to conduct prescribed fire operations on April 10. The Whiting Prescribed Fire (Unit 2) is 74 acres and is located north of Whiting Homestead and south of Apache County Road 1327.
Coconino National Forest fire managers have planned several prescribed burns next week throughout the forest.
FLAGSTAFF RANGER DISTRICT:
Munds Park Project
When: Planned ignition will be Tuesday (April 10). Ignitions typically begin around 8 a.m.
The Howard Burn Project is scheduled to begin this morning approximately 1 mile southeast of Mountainaire (35° 4'44.49"N, 111°38'13.72"W) and is comprised of 875 acres that will produce visible smoke in the Flagstaff area.
The Clifton Ranger District on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests plans to begin the Mesa Re-Entry prescribed burn on April 2. The project will be ongoing until May 4, depending on weather conditions.
The 7,471 acre burn area is bounded to the north and west by Pine Flat Rd (Forest Service Road (FSR) 515), to the south by Upper Eagle Creek Rd (FSR 215), and to the east by Sheep Wash Canyon.
The Nogales Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest expects to conduct the Gardner Prescribed Fire as early as April 9, 2018. The project area consists of National Forest System lands in the southeastern portion of the Santa Rita Mountains in southeastern Arizona.
The burn area boundaries lie between Gardner Canyon on the north and Hog Canyon on the south. Fire managers expect to complete burning while environmental and fuels conditions remain favorable for manageable fire activity.
Fire managers on the Verde Ranger District are planning to continue burning piles Tuesday, February 27th through Friday, March 9nd; pending favorable weather conditions.