Smoke may be visible for the next three weeks
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Coconino County Public Works, in conjunction with the U.S Forest Service, has ignited the annual prescribed burn at the Willard Springs Transfer Station, 17 miles south of Flagstaff on the west side of I-17.
This burn is necessary to reduce the existing stockpile of pine needles, tree trimmings and other green waste at the transfer station before the start of the 2017 fire season. It is expected to smolder until spring and will be monitored by the Mormon Lake Ranger Station, Pinewood Fire Department and the Coconino County Public Works Solid Waste Division.
The Willard Springs prescribed burn is expected to produce smoke during its ignition period and may last for three weeks. Based on wind and weather conditions, this smoke may be heavy at times and visible to motorists on I-17. The Coconino National Forest Service plans to post signage, as necessary, on I-17 to notify motorists about smoke from the prescribed burn and to drive with caution.