Black Mesa Ranger District Prescribed Burn: Nagel Forest Health Prescribed Burn Area

Release Date: Nov 2, 2018  

Black Mesa Ranger District Prescribed Burn: Nagel Forest Health Prescribed Burn Area

Black Mesa Ranger District Prescribed Burn: Nagel Forest Health Prescribed Burn Area

Springerville, AZ November 2, 2018 – The Black Mesa Ranger District on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests plans to conduct prescribed burns within the Nagel Forest Health Prescribed Burn area if weather conditions allow from November 6, 2018, through November 16, 2018.

The Nagel Prescribed Burn will be along Forest Roads 717, 100, and 169. The burn blocks will encompass approximately 2,936 acres.

Prescribed burning provides many benefits and is essential to maintaining healthy forest ecosystems. This prescribed fire is a follow up to previous mechanical treatments within parts of the units. It provides habitat diversity, recycles plant nutrients into the soil and encourages new growth for a variety of plants used by wildlife and livestock. Prescribed burning of forest ground fuels also reduces the threat of large-scale wildfire impacts to private lands.

These projects are in partnership with the Arizona Game and Fish Department and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to provide forest restoration and health to the Rocky Mountain Elk, mule deer, antelope and other wildlife species that frequent the area.

Crews have been working throughout the summer and will continue to prep control lines and monitor the vegetation/fuels until the decision is made to move forward with the ignition operations.

Once ignition occurs, crews will be on scene from ignition until there is no longer a threat of escape from the project boundaries.

 

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