Fire managers on the Verde Ranger District will begin implementation on the Burro Prescribed Burn beginning Tuesday, April 3rd through Wednesday, April 4th; pending favorable weather conditions. Fire Managers plan on using hand ignitions to burn 2,938 acres located approximately 4 miles south and west of the junction of I-17 and Highway 169 (T13N, R3E, S19).
Smoke will be visible in the immediate areas of the burn activity including HWY 169, County Road 168, I-17, portions of the General Crook Trail and the Community of Cherry. It is possible that there could be minor delays or stoppages of traffic as the burn progresses. 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).