Prescribed Burning Planned for October 16th &17th -2014
On the Verde Ranger District
Prescott, AZ (October 3, 2014) –Fire managers on the Verde Ranger District are planning to conduct prescribed fire operations beginning Thursday, October 16 through Saturday, October 18, pending favorable weather conditions. Specific days to burn will be determined by current and expected weather patterns allowing fire managers to make every effort to minimize smoke impacts to nearby communities.
Powell Project – Approximately 500 acres, located north of Powell Springs Campground and west of the community of Cherry (T14N, R3E, Sec 19).
Log Project – Approximately 500 acres, located west of the Federal Mine and north of the community of Cherry (T14N, R3E, Sec 7).
These are maintenance burns, meaning these areas have been previously treated with mechanical and/or prescribed fire. These previous treatments have reduced fuel accumulations and result in less smoke production and impacts to the surrounding communities. Both projects are part of the ongoing fuels reduction work aimed at improving forest health and helping to reducing fire danger to the community of Cherry and the Federal Mine.
All prescribed fires activity is dependent on the availability of personnel and equipment, weather, fuels 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 prescribed fire information via the following:
- Prescott NF Fire Information Hotline: (928) 777-5799
- Prescott NF Forest Website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott/
- Local Ranger Stations: Bradshaw Ranger District, (928) 443-8000; Chino Valley Ranger District (928) 777-2200; Verde Ranger District (928) 567-4121