Prescribed burn project near Flagstaff set for TODAY

June 6th, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Coconino National Forest firefighters plan to conduct a prescribed burn on Thursday (June 6) several miles southeast of Flagstaff, which will produce noticeable smoke in the area between Lake Mary Road and Interstate 40.

The Southside project has been postponed several times this year due to unfavorable weather conditions, but the forecast for Thursday is predicted to be ideal for this complex and important project near the Pine Canyon and Continental Country Club communities. Firing ignitions will begin at approximately 9 a.m.

Project: Southside #1

  • When: Thursday (June 6).
  • Where: Located in the Flagstaff Ranger District, 2 miles east of Pine Canyon golf course and 1 mile south of the Continental Country Club subdivision. GPS: 1585333°, -111.5795833°
  • Size: 257 acres.
  • Duration: This is a one-day operation.
  • Smoke Impacts: Ventilation is predicted to move smoke toward the northeast and may impact I-40 east of Flagstaff. Cooling temperatures in the evenings may cause smoke to settle in the low-lying areas surrounding the burn and Walnut Canyon Monument.
  • Closures/Restrictions: This operation will force the rerouting of the Flagstaff Loop Trail to keep users safe. Signs will be in place to direct trail users.

Prescribed burns are part of a strategy to allow fire across the landscape in order to restore forests to healthier conditions and improve the safety of the communities around them. Frequent, low-intensity fire removes accumulated smaller fuels and recycles nutrients in the soils to promote healthy vegetation and wildlife habitat. A healthier forest is a safer forest for firefighters and residents when wildfires inevitably occur.

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

Notifications of upcoming prescribed burns are provided regularly by news releases throughout the season and the following online resources:

For more information about prescribed burns and the benefits of these fires across the landscape, please visit our Prescribed Burns and Smoke webpage. As well, if you are interested in how prescribed burns are planned and implemented, please see the document “Planning for and Implementing Prescribed Fire in Fire-Dependent Forests,” by Ecological Restoration Institute.

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