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Pile burning planned on the Verde Ranger District

Forest visitors reminded to use caution

Prescribed burning on Mingus Mountain Wednesday, July 18. (Prescott National Forest/Courtesy)

Prescribed burning on Mingus Mountain Wednesday, July 18. (Prescott National Forest/Courtesy)

Fire managers on the Verde Ranger District began burning brush piles Wednesday, July 18, and will continue to do so through Tuesday, July 31; pending favorable weather conditions. 

About 126 acres of prescribed burning are planned on Mingus Mountain. Locations are near the Mingus Mountain Academy, 15801 E. Don Carlos Drive, in Prescott Valley, and the Brindle Pup Mine. These are brush piles that have been generated from recently completed fuel breaks. 

Smoke may be visible around Mingus Academy, Highway 89A from Viewpoint Drive to Mingus Summit, along Forest Road 132 near Brindle Pup Mine and in the immediate areas of the burn activity. 

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.  

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. For more information, go to www.fs.usda.gov/prescott/ or call the Verde Ranger District at 928-567-4121.

Information provided by the Prescott National Forest