Originally Published: August 17, 2018 12:40 p.m.
Bradshaw Ranger District fire managers are planning to burn piles at various locations in the Prescott Basin from Saturday, Aug. 18, through Friday, Aug. 31, pending favorable weather conditions.
Benefits from these treatment help to reduce hazardous fuels adjacent to the wildland urban interface and increase ecosystem and community resilience, according to a news release.
Pile locations through the Prescott Basin will be treated; including piles located near High Valley Ranch subdivision, Hassayampa subdivision and Thumb Butte, the news release states.
In the interest of safety, forest visitors are reminded to obey all traffic signs and use caution when traveling in the vicinity of the prescribed fire burn units as firefighters and fire-related traffic will be in the area.
The purpose of this project is to reduce hazardous fuels following thinning and fuelwood removal activities. Reducing hazardous fuels will help reduce the threat of high severity, high intensity wildfire to the public, adjacent private property and communities. Burning of debris left over from brush-crush and thinning projects require moisture in the surrounding vegetation and typically produces much lighter smoke than broadcast burning.
All prescribed fires activity is dependent on the availability of personnel and equipment, weather, fuels and conditions that minimize smoke impacts as best as possible and approval from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, www.azdeq.gov.
The public can obtain additional fire information via the following: Prescott NF Forest Website, www.fs.usda.gov/prescott; Twitter: @PrescottNF; Facebook: www.facebook.com/PrescottNF; and 928-443-8000.