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Quad Cities in Brief: Prescribed burn starts Nov. 14, Christmas tree permits start Nov. 16

Prescribed burn south of Prescott starts Nov. 14

Fire managers on the Bradshaw Ranger District will resume prescribed burning in the Prescott Basin Tuesday through Saturday, Nov. 14-18. The decision to proceed will be dependent on favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, weather forecasts and available resources.

The location includes about 500 acres in North Spruce, two miles south of Prescott and one mile northeast of Groom Creek. Vegetation consists of Ponderosa Pine, pockets of chaparral, and grass. Smoke could impact Senator Highway and Walker Road during the burn and in the evenings. With possible smoke impacts to Watershed Trail, trail users might look at alternate trails to enjoy next week.

No road closures are anticipated, but 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.

Blues concert highlighting Grammy winner set for today

Two of today’s most electrifying female Blues guitarists — Grammy-winning legendary Beverly “Guitar” Watkins, and the “Six-String Siren,” Diana Rein — join blues harp maestro R.D. Olson for what promises to be a night to remember at the Prescott Center for the Arts, 208 N. Marina

St., at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11.

Famed music journalist George Varga wrote that Watkins “sings and plays with enough poise and verve to make musicians half her age or younger consider alternative means of employment;” Sandra Pointer-Jones wrote, “Beverly Watkins is a pyrotechnic guitar maven whose searing, ballistic attacks on the guitar have become allegorical tales within the blues community.”

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Forest Service waives fees in celebration of Veteran’s Day

In honor of Veteran’s Day and those Americans who have served in the armed forces, Prescott National Forest will waive the $5 fee at all day-use facilities across the forest on Saturday, Nov. 11, as part of the nationwide fee waiver event.

Fees will be waived at the following sites on the Prescott National Forest:

• Lynx Lake Recreation Area: North Shore, South Shore and Lynx Creek Ruin

• Granite Basin Recreation Area: Cayuse, Wekuvde, Boat Launch, Playa and Metate

• Thumb Butte Recreation Area

• Alto Pit OHV Recreation Area: Day Use Site

• Hayfield Draw OHV Recreation Area

The waiver does not apply to overnight campgrounds, group use fees or fees charged by concession-operated facilities. Traditionally, fees are not charged on 98 percent of national forests and grasslands. Many recreation opportunities such as camping, sightseeing and hiking can be enjoyed throughout the year at no cost.

Active duty military members can obtain a free Interagency Annual Military Pass that waives fees year-round at all Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Reclamation, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service sites charging entrance or standard amenity fees excluding concessions-operated facilities.

Christmas tree permits start Nov. 16 in Kaibab National Forest

Kaibab National Forest personnel will sell over-the-counter and through-the-mail Christmas tree tags on a first-come, first-served basis for each of its three ranger districts beginning Nov. 16 and continuing until they are sold out.

The $15 permit will allow the holder to cut a tree of any species that is not more than 10 feet tall within a designated area on the Kaibab National Forest from Nov. 16 through Dec. 24. The tag is good only for a tree on the ranger district from which it was purchased and can’t be used to cut a tree on a different district unless specifically noted. No refunds will be made, even if weather conditions prevent access to cutting areas.

Individuals who purchase tags will be provided with a map showing their designated cutting area along with additional tree-cutting instructions.

Ranger district offices are:

• Kaibab Plateau Visitor Center at the intersection of Highways 89 and 67 in Jacob Lake, 430 S. Main St., Fredonia. 928-643-7298.

• Tusayan Ranger District, 176 Lincoln Log Loop, Grand Canyon, 928-638-2441.

• Williams Ranger District, 742 S. Clover Rd., Williams, 928-635-5600.

All fourth graders are eligible for a free Christmas tree permit, while supplies last, through the Every Kid in a Park initiative. In addition to allowing free access to federal lands and waters across the country for

a full year, a free Christmas tree permit will be issued to every interested fourth grader with a fourth grade pass or paper voucher. They must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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