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Prescribed burns planned north and south of Flagstaff

A prescribed burn smolders on the McCracken Task Order near Williams.
Photo by Wendy Howell.

A prescribed burn smolders on the McCracken Task Order near Williams.

Prescribed burns are scheduled this week across Coconino National Forest in areas north and south of Flagstaff.

These burns will produce smoke visible to visitors in the area and motorists traveling Interstate 17.

Fire managers with Flagstaff Ranger District plan to complete the last block of the Horseshoe-Wild Bill project, which is 14 miles northwest of Flagstaff along U.S. Highway 180 and is comprised of about 550 acres. A closure of the Lava River Cave and local restrictions to Forest Road 245 are anticipated.

Winds are predicted to push smoke toward the northeast, which could impact Highway 180 near the burn. This is a one-day operation and should conclude this evening.

On Nov. 9-10, fire managers will conduct the 2-day Mint East project about 2 miles south of Mormon Lake on the east side of Lake Mary Road, comprised of 1,200 acres.

Ignitions are planned to conclude Nov. 10.

Prescribed burns are always dependent upon weather and wind conditions and approval from Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ). The public can view approved prescribed burns on ADEQ’s website at smoke.azdeq.gov. Coconino National Forest burns begin with the designator “COF.”

More information on why prescribed burns are conducted and how they benefit the landscape and help protect communities are available from Coconino National Forest.

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