Fire managers on the Chino Valley Ranger District are planning to begin the Yolo Prescribed Burn Monday, Sept. 17, according to a news release from Prescott National Forest spokeswoman Debbie Maneely.
The prescribed burn is planned through Friday, Sept. 21, pending favorable weather conditions and will see Fire Managers using hand-ignitions to burn 4,218 acres about 30 miles northwest of Prescott near the Yolo Ranch.
Smoke will be visible in the immediate area, including portions of County Road 68, and it is possible there could be minor delays or stopped traffic. As such, visitors to the forest are reminded to obey all traffic signs and use caution when traveling in the vicinity of the prescribed fire burn.
Further, the Forest Service emphasizes that prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems.
“These burns will mimic natural fires by reducing hazardous fuels accumulations, and reintroduce fire into a fire depending system; recycling nutrients and increasing habitat diversity,” the release states. “Prescribed fires are managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority.”
For more information, visit www.fs.usda.gov/Prescott or call the Chino Valley Ranger District at 928-777-2200.