Prescott, AZ (October 31, 2017) –– Fire managers on the Verde Ranger District will begin partial implementation on the Crater Prescribed Burn Thursday, November 2. Fire mangers will start black lining (pre-burning of fuels adjacent to a control line before igniting a prescribed burn) a small portion of the burn unit, approximately 155 acres on the NW corner. Vegetation is predominately ponderosa pine with masticated chaparral understory.
Smoke will be visible in the immediate areas of the burn activity including the community of Cherry. No road closures are anticipated, but 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. 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).
The public can obtain additional fire information via the following:
Prescott NF Forest Website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott/
Camp Verde Ranger District: (928) 567-4121
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