Prescribed Burning Planned September 28-October 4th,
On The Bradshaw Ranger District
Prescott, AZ (September 24, 2015) –Fire managers on the Bradshaw Ranger District are planning to start ignitions beginning Monday September 28 through Sunday October 4 in the Prescott Basin 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. Tactics to keep smoke impacts as minimal as possible include postponing approved burns when conditions aren’t favorable, timing daytime ignitions to allow the majority of smoke time to disperse prior to settling overnight, and burning larger sections at a time when conditions are favorable to reduce the overall number of days of smoke is in the area.
Spence RX – Approximately 879 acres located near Forest Trails and Kingswood, north of Thumb Butte (T14N, R3W, S25, 26, 35, 36). Fire managers have completed brush mastication in this location and now need to finish with prescribed burning to reduce fuel loads and return fire to its natural role in the ecosystem. Temporary closures may be enforced on Forest Trails 315, 316, 317, 318, 322, and 386. Hikers participating in the “2015 Hiking Spree” will need to use alternate trails listed in the pamphlet. Smoke will be visible in the surrounding subdivisions and Prescott.
White Spar RX – Approximately 216 acres located southwest of Prescott off Highway 89 (T13N, R2W, S30). This burn is also a maintenance burn cleaning up fuels left from previous brush mastication projects. Smoke will be visible but light.
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.