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Control Burns to Reduce Hazardous Fuels

04 January 2017   Debbie Maneely

If you see smoke, no worries!

Prescott, AZ (January 3, 2017) –– Prescott National Forest fire managers plan to continue fuels treatment in the Prescott Basin and Crown King. Benefits from these treatment help to reduce hazardous fuels adjacent to thewildland urban interface and increase ecosystem and community resilience. Burning will continue through Friday, January 13, pending favorable weather conditions.

Horsethief Basin - Piles are located approximately 3 miles south and east of Crown King (T10N, R1E, S31).

Spruce Mountain Piles – Piles are located approximately 5 miles south and east of Prescott near the community of Groom Creek (T13N, R2W, S36).

Burning of debris left over from thinning projects require moisture in the surrounding vegetation and typically produces much lighter smoke than broadcast burning. Pile burning is one piece of the ongoing fuels reduction work in the Prescott basin.

Prescott, AZ (January 3, 2017) –– Fire managers on the Verde Ranger District plan to burn piles on Mingus Mountain, Wednesday, January 4th; weather conditions permitting.

Located near the summer homes (T15N, R2E, S10), approximately 5 acres of piles will be treated. Piles have been generated from harvest activity and Timber Stand Improvement (TSI) thinning’s.

Smoke will be visible in the immediate areas of the burn activity and some Forest Roads may be affected; no closures are anticipated. 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 burns will mimic natural fires by reducing hazardous fuels accumulations, and reintroduce fire into a fire dependent system; 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 (

The public can obtain additional prescribed fire information via the following:

  • Prescott NF Fire Information Hotline: (928) 777-5799
  • Prescott NF Forest Website:
  • Twitter: @PrescottNF
  • Local Ranger Stations: Bradshaw Ranger District, (928) 443-8000; Chino Valley Ranger District (928) 777-2200; Verde Ranger District (928) 567-4121

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