Verde Ranger District

Prescribed Burns

Crater RX Planned on the Verde RD February 18 – March 1, 2021

Fire managers on the Verde Ranger District will begin implementation on the Crater Prescribed Burn beginning Thursday, February 18th through Monday, March 1, 2021, pending favorable weather conditions. Fire Managers plan to use aerial ignitions to burn approximately 3,100 acres located 2 miles north of the junction at HWY 169 and County Road 75; near


Firefighters Respond to Smoke Report South of Cherry

Firefighters responded to a smoke report on Sunday, January 17, 2021 on the Verde Ranger District.  The 1200-acre Sour Fire which is now 20% contained is burning in brush and grass approximately 4 miles west of I-17, north of HWY 169 and just east of Cherry Creek Road (T13N, R3E, Sec 6).  Last night firefighters


Winter Closures on Mingus Mountain

Recreation officials on the Verde Ranger District will close the following facilities/roads in preparation for the winter season starting on Friday, December 18, 2020 through May 1, 2021. Forest Road 104 near the junction of Forest Road 413; at the entrance to the Mingus Recreation Area will be closed.  Walk in access to Mingus Lake

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