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10:02 AM Sun, Sept. 23rd

Prescribed burns taking place on Prescott National Forest

The Loba Prescribed Burn, one mile south of Prescott, is underway, the Forest Service reported this morning, Oct. 3. It is burning "in favorable conditions and helping to reduce hazardous fuels and return fire to its natural role in the landscape, as well as protecting surrounding communities."

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The Loba Prescribed Burn, one mile south of Prescott, is underway, the Forest Service reported this morning, Oct. 3. It is burning "in favorable conditions and helping to reduce hazardous fuels and return fire to its natural role in the landscape, as well as protecting surrounding communities."

Management crews on the Prescott National Forest have begun a series of prescribed burns around the Prescott Basin.

Forest Service spokeswoman Debbie Maneely said that, depending on weather patterns, prescribed burn activities could occur anytime during the next six months.

Low-lying areas, including the City of Prescott and Prescott Valley, are expected to experience smoke drifting in, Maneely said, especially during the night caused by nighttime inversions.

Work began on Tuesday, Oct. 3, on the Loba Prescribed Burn, one mile south of Prescott.

The fire “is burning in favorable conditions and helping to reduce hazardous fuels and return fire to its natural role in the landscape, as well as protecting surrounding communities,” Maneely said.

She added that smoke could be present along Senator Highway. This burn, covering 568 acres, is slated to last three days.

Other planned burns:

North Spruce: 400 acres located two miles south of Prescott and one mile northeast of Groom Creek. Vegetation consists of Ponderosa pine, pockets of chaparral and grass. Estimated time for completion is five days.

Smoke could impact Senator Highway and Walker Road. Nighttime smoke impacts will occur within Groom Creek and the City of Prescott.

Iron-Skyline: 905 acres located three miles west of Prescott and north of Highland Pines. Vegetation consists of masticated brush and Ponderosa pine. Estimated time for completion is five days. Nighttime smoke impacts will occur to Iron Springs Road and Prescott.

Ruins: 212 acres located four miles east of Prescott and along County Road 57. Vegetation consists of masticated brush with pockets of Ponderosa pine. Estimated time for completion is two days. Nighttime smoke impacts will occur to Walker Road, Highway 69, Prescott, and Prescott Valley.

Highland: Five acres located four miles east of Prescott along County Road 57. Vegetation consists of masticated brush and Ponderosa pine. Estimated time for completion is one day.

Williams Peak: 503 acres located three miles west of Prescott and along Forest Road 373. Vegetation consists of brush and Ponderosa pine. Estimated time for completion is two days. Nighttime smoke impact could occur in Prescott.

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