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Pile burning May 7-13 for Prescott Basin area

Prescott National Forest firefighters assist the Stubbs Fire by burning a pile of dead wood July 22, 2018. Fire managers on the Bradshaw Ranger District plan to burn piles at various locations in the Prescott Basin beginning Tuesday, May 7, through Monday, May 13, pending favorable weather conditions. (Courier file photo)

Prescott National Forest firefighters assist the Stubbs Fire by burning a pile of dead wood July 22, 2018. Fire managers on the Bradshaw Ranger District plan to burn piles at various locations in the Prescott Basin beginning Tuesday, May 7, through Monday, May 13, pending favorable weather conditions. (Courier file photo)

Fire managers on the Bradshaw Ranger District plan to burn piles at various locations in the Prescott Basin beginning Tuesday, May 7, through Monday, May 13, pending favorable weather conditions, according to a Prescott National Forest press release.

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

Pile locations in the Prescott Basin that will be treated include Deering Park, Copper Basin, and Groom Creek. 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.

OTHER BURNING

On May 3, firefighters completed 55 acres of the Groom RX; when weather conditions change, fire managers plan to burn the remaining 168 acres. See more at this link.

For more information, visit fs.usda.gov/prescott, or call the Bradshaw Ranger District at 928-443-8000.

Information provided by the Prescott National Forest Service.

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