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Pile burning planned Feb. 12 through 28 in Prescott Basin
Locations include Deering Park, Thumb Butte, Groom Creek, Spruce Mountain

Area fire managers are planning prescribed burns on the Prescott National Forest, pending favorable weather conditions. (Courier, file)

Area fire managers are planning prescribed burns on the Prescott National Forest, pending favorable weather conditions. (Courier, file)

Fire managers on the Bradshaw Ranger District plan to continue taking advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, winds, and weather forecasts to continue burning piles at various locations in the Prescott Basin Tuesday, Feb. 12, through Thursday, February 28.

Pile burning helps to reduce hazardous fuels adjacent to the wildland urban interface and increase ecosystem and community resilience.

Pile locations in the Prescott Basin that will be treated include Deering Park, Thumb Butte, Groom Creek, and Spruce Mountain. 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.

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, adjacent private property and communities. Burning of debris left over from brush-crush and 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).

The public can obtain additional fire information via the following:

  • Prescott NF Forest Website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott/

  • Twitter: @PrescottNF

  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PrescottNF/

  • Bradshaw Ranger District: 928-443-8000

Information provided by the Prescott National Forest

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