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Prescribed burn planned on the Verde Ranger District; smoke visible from Prescott area

Fire managers on the Verde Ranger District plan to do a prescribed burn east of Interstate 17 Monday through Wednesday, pending favorable weather conditions. (Prescott National Forest/Courtesy)

Fire managers on the Verde Ranger District plan to do a prescribed burn east of Interstate 17 Monday through Wednesday, pending favorable weather conditions. (Prescott National Forest/Courtesy)

Fire managers on the Verde Ranger District are conducting a prescribed burn east of Interstate 17 Monday, Sept. 24, through this week — pending favorable weather conditions.

Specific days to burn are determined by current and expected weather patterns allowing fire managers to make every effort to minimize smoke impacts to nearby communities.

Sycamore RX is a 428-acre broadcast burn located east of I-17 near Dugas. The vegetation being burned is scattered juniper slash with grass from recent mechanical thinning operations.

In the interest of safety, forest visitors are reminded to obey all traffic signs and use caution when traveling along Forest Road 68F. The smoke from the burn will likely be visible from the quad-city 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 and adjacent private property.

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).

For additional fire information, go to www.fs.usda.gov/prescott/.

Information provided by the Prescott National Forest.