Fire managers on the Bradshaw & Chino Valley Ranger District will begin implementation of two prescribed burns beginning Wednesday, March 23 through Tuesday, March 29, 2022, pending favorable weather conditions. Fire mangers will burn Cement Tank RX first, then Wineglass RX using hand and aerial ignitions.
Cement Tank RX – Is a 2,326-acre broadcast burn located east of Highway 89, north of Paulden near Drake. Vegetation is scattered juniper and grass. Smoke will be visible in the immediate areas of the burn activity including Highway 89. It is possible that there could be minor delays on Highway 89, but forecasted weather is expected to move the smoke to the east and south.
Wineglass RX – Is a 4,876-acre broadcast burn located west of Highway 89, north of Paulden along the forest boundary. Vegetation is scattered juniper and grass. Smoke will be visible in the immediate areas of the burn activity including Highway 89. It is possible that there could be minor delays on Highway 89.
In the interest of safety, please 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. Specific days to burn are determined by current and expected weather patterns allowing fire mangers to make every effort to minimize smoke impacts to nearby communities and roadways.
Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems. These burns will mimic natural fires by reducing hazardous fuels accumulations, and reintroduce fire into a fire dependent system, recycling nutrients and increasing habitat diversity. Prescribed fires are managed with firefighter and public safety as our number one priority.
All prescribed fire activity is dependent on the availability of personnel and equipment, weather, fuels, and conditions that minimize smoke impacts as much as possible, and approval from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (www.azdeq.gov).
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