Prescribed burn project near Flagstaff set for Thursday

Contact(s): Coconino National Forest, (928) 526-0866

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., June 3, 2019 - 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.

SouthSideTHMB 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 community. Firing ignitions will begin at approximately 9 a.m.

Project: Southside #1

  • Thursday (June 6).
  • Located in the Flagstaff Ranger District, 2 miles east of Pine Canyon golf course and 1 mile south of the east Flagstaff Country Club subdivision. GPS: 35.1585333°, -111.5795833°  
  • 257 acres.
  • 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.

This operation will force the rerouting of the Flagstaff Loop Trail to keep users safe. Signs will be in place to direct trail users.

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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