Pile burning progresses in Verde
Verde Ranger District fire managers continued fuels treatments east of Highway 169 and Interstate 17 on Friday, Jan. 26, with 200 acres of piles on the Verde Ranger District.
Forest Service officials said 100 acres were treated on Tuesday.
The burns this week benefit the forest by helping to reduce hazardous fuels adjacent to the wildland urban interface and increase ecosystem and community resilience, a news release states.
The current area, the Cienega piles, is located along Forest Road 68D and Forest Road 732. Piles are a result of the Cienega fuel break and consist of cut and piled juniper along the roadway. Daily acreage totals will be contingent weather conditions.
Smoke will be visible from Highway 169 and I-17 but impacts should be minimal, officials said. In the interest of safety, forest visitors are reminded to obey all traffic signs and use caution when traveling along FR 68D and FR 732. Burning of debris left over from 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 (www.azdeq.gov).
For more information, visit www.fs.usda.gov/prescott or call 928-567-4121.