Several prescribed burns possible week of May 2

May 1st, 2016 at 4:44 PM

Flagstaff, Arizona — Fire managers are planning several prescribed burns Monday through Thursday (May 2 – May 5), as weather permits, to reintroduce fire into the Ponderosa pine ecosystem and reduce forest fuel accumulation in strategic areas around northern Arizona communities. Smoke from these prescribed burns may impact communities in the downwind areas of the burns and evening’s cooling temperatures may cause smoke to settle and drain down nearby canyons,.

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Clints: Up to 460 acres are planned for a prescribed burn Monday depending on conditions and the weather. Approximately 4 miles north of Clints Well, adjacent to Lake Mary Road (FH 3), the area of the burn. Good ventilation is expected to push smoke to the east during the day and will be visible to residents in the immediate area and motorists along Lake Mary Road in that area and State Route 87. Overnight smoke could impact Clear Creek Pines Units 1 and 2 and Lake Mary Road (FH 3) as it follows West Clear Creek drainage.

 

Lake Mary:  About 800 acres, located about seven miles southeast of Flagstaff near Lower Lake Mary are planned for a one day burn during next week, between Tuesday and Thursday (May 3 and May 4) as weather and conditions allow. Smoke should move toward the north/northeast and could impact motorists along Lake Mary Road (Forest Highway 3).

Eastside: About 390 acres, southeast of Flagstaff, near Pine Canyon subdivision off Lake Mary Road. Planned for one day during next week between Tuesday and Thursday (May 3 and May 4) as weather and conditions allow. Smoke is predicted to disperse to the east and will be very visible to those in the Flagstaff area but is not predicted to impact Flagstaff.

 

Munds Park: About 360 acres, south of Munds Park, Odell Lake, and Flagstaff are planned for one day of prescribed burning between Tuesday and Thursday (May 3 and May 4) as weather and conditions allow. Smoke is predicted to disperse to the northeast, and will be visible in the Munds Park area and I-17. Smoke may impact the area in the evening as smoke settles with cooling nighttime temperatures.

Upper Beaver Creek (Stoneman Lake area): About 870 acres are planned for Wednesday or Thursday (May 3 and May 4) as weather and conditions allow. Location is immediately west and south of Stoneman Lake. Smoke may impact Stoneman Lake, Mormon Lake, and Munds Park communities to the north, and the Discovery Channel Telescope to the east. Cooling temperatures in the evenings may cause smoke to settle and drain down nearby canyons, potentially impacting the Village of Oak Creek.

 

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