- Ponderosa prescribed fire is a 200 acre maintenance burn located 3 miles south of Prescott and adjacent to Ponderosa Park (T13N, R2W, S32). Vegetation consists of ponderosa pine and chaparral. Night time smoke impacts could occur in Ponderosa Park and the Hassayampa River drainage. Major roads impacted could include Highway 89 and Ponderosa Park Rd (County Road 101).
- Walker Crush prescribed fire is a total of 650 acre first entry burn. This burn is located southeast of Prescott and along Walker Rd (County Road 57) (T13N, R1W, S18). Vegetation consists of masticated chaparral and ponderosa pine. Night time impacts could occur in the Yavapai Hills area, Walker Rd (County RD 57), HWY 69 and the Lynx Creek drainage. Walker burn: night time smoke impacts to walker RD and HWY 169 between Prescott and Prescott Valley. We are coordinating with Arizona Department of Transportation, Yavapai County Sheriff Office, Prescott Police Department, and Yavapai County for possible smoke impacts and traffic control along Walker Road and Hwy 169.
- Narrow Gauge prescribed fire is a total of 1550 acre initial entry burn located 13 miles east of Chino Valley, west of Woodchute Wilderness (T16N, R2E, S13-14). Vegetation is primarily pinyon juniper and grass. This is a wildlife improvement habitat project working with Arizona Game and Fish. Possible delays on Forest Road 318A.
We are sensitive to special events planned in Prescott and surrounding locations. Before the start of any ignitions if weather conditions which include wind direction and ventilation are not suitable the burn could be cancelled.
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.
Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems. These fires mimic natural fire by reducing forest fuels, recycling nutrients and increasing habitat diversity. Each prescribed burn is designed to meet specific objectives. Benefits from these treatments help to reduce hazardous fuels adjacent to the wildland urban interface and increase ecosystem and community resilience. Prescribed fires are managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority.
All prescribed fire activity is dependent on the availability of personnel and equipment, weather forecasts, fuels moisture levels and conditions that minimize smoke impacts as best as possible and approval from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (www.azdeq.gov).
Fire Has a Role
The public can obtain additional prescribed fire information via the following:
· Prescott NF Fire Information Hotline: (928) 777-5799
· Prescott NF Forest Website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott/
· Local Ranger Stations: Bradshaw Ranger District, (928) 443-8000; Chino Valley Ranger
District (928) 777- 2200; Verde Ranger District (928) 567-4121