Pile Burning Planned December 12th –20th in the Prescott Basin

Fire Managers on the Bradshaw Ranger District plan to continue taking advantage of favorable conditions to continue burning piles at various locations in the Prescott Basin Thursday, December 12th through Friday, December 20th.

Fire mangers plan to burn approximately 5 to 10 acres per day located south of Timber Ridge, a subdivision located south and west of Prescott off Copper Basin Road and in the scar of the Indian Fire.  In the interest of safety, forest visitors are reminded to obey all traffic signs and use caution when traveling in the vicinity of the prescribed fire burn units as firefighters and fire-related traffic will be in the area.

The purpose of this project is to reduce hazardous fuels following thinning and fuelwood removal activities.  Reducing hazardous fuels will help reduce the threat of high severity, high intensity wildfire to the public, adjacent private property and communities.  Burning of debris left over from brush-crush and thinning projects require moisture in the surrounding vegetation and typically produces much lighter smoke than broadcast burning.

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).

Messages will be posted to social media when managed fires are ignited on the Prescott National Forest:

·         Facebook

·         Twitter

The public can obtain additional information via the following:

·         Prescott NF Forest Website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott/ 

·         Twitter:  @PrescottNF

·         Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/PrescottNF/

·         Fire Information:  (928) 925-1111

·         Local Ranger Station:  Bradshaw RD (928) 443-8000

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