Pile burns begin on Coconino NF today

Contact(s): Coconino National Forest, 928-527-3600


FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., Dec. 3, 2019 — Coconino National Forest firefighters plan to conduct pile burns starting today in several areas taking advantage of today's wind changes to prevent smoke impacts on our communities.

 

These burns are part of the thinning projects planned on the Flagstaff Ranger District, Mogollon Rim Ranger District and the Red Rock Ranger District this fall and are part of a strategy to allow fire treatment to protect watersheds and improve the safety of the communities around them.

 

The pile burns listed below are in chronological order and may occur on days other than noted, depending on favorable weather conditions. Firing ignitions for each of these projects begin around 10 a.m. on the mornings indicated.

 

Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project piles

  • When: Tuesday (Dec. 3) through Friday (Dec. 6). depending on weather conditions and smoke impacts.

  • Where: Flagstaff Ranger District. Immediately north of Flagstaff along the base of Mount Elden. GPS: 35.23945, -111.62774

  • Size: 600 acres of machine and hand piles.

  • Duration: This will be a two- to three-day operation.

  • Method/Type of burn: These are slash pile burns using drip torches. The burn operations will reduce the chance of catastrophic wildfire, improve forest health and protect private property.

  • Smoke Impacts: Smoke should be seen from Flagstaff and is forecast on Tuesday to move toward the northwest over Dry Lake Hills and Schultz Pass. On Wednesday through Friday expect smoke to move to the northeast over Mount Elden. Cooling temperatures in the evenings will cause smoke to settle in the low-lying areas surrounding the burn, potentially impacting Doney Park, Rio de Flag river drainage.and other communities near Mount Elden.

  • Closures/Restrictions: Be careful on the adjacent trails in the area. 

     

    Stewart's Tank Piles

  • When: Tuesday (Dec.3).

  • Where: Red Rock Ranger District. Approximately 3.5 miles northeast of Camp Verde on Forest Road 618C. GPS: 34.601371, -111.817575

  • Size: 1 acre of hand piles.

  • Duration: This will be a one day operation.

  • Method/type of burn: This is a slash pile burn using drip torches.

  • Smoke Impacts: Smoke will be visible from Camp Verde High School, Camp Verde and Interstate 17 moving to the northwest, no impacts are expected to the communities or local highways.

  • Closures/restrictions: Be careful on the adjacent trails in the area.

     

    Chimney Springs piles

  • When: Wednesday (Dec. 4) through Friday (Dec. 6).

  • Where: Flagstaff Ranger District. Approximately 8 miles northwest of Flagstaff, near the Fort Valley Trailhead at U.S. Highway 180 and Forest Road 164B intersection. GPS: 35.25596, -111.68437

  • Size: 153 acres (54 and 99 acres) of machine piles.

  • Duration: This is a two- to three-day operation.

  • Method/Type of burn: These are slash pile burns using drip torches. 

  • Smoke Impacts: With southwest wind predicted, smoke should move northeast toward Schultz Pass. Cooling temperatures in the evenings may cause smoke to settle in the low-lying areas surrounding the burn, potentially impacting Doney Park, Baderville, Fort Valley, U.S. Highway 180 corridor and Rio de Flag river drainage.

  • Closures/Restrictions: Be careful on the adjacent trails in the area.

     

    Windmill Piles

  • When: Thursday (Dec. 4).

  • Where: Mogollon Rim Ranger District. Approximately 5 miles north of Clints Well at the FR 211 and FR 211E junction GPS: 34.6327, 111.3057

  • Size: 50 acres of machine piles.

  • Duration: This will be a one day operation.

  • Method/type of burn: This is a slash pile burn using drip torches.

  • Smoke Impacts: Smoke will be visible from FR 211 and Lake Mary Road moving to the northeast, no impacts are expected to populated areas or local highways.

  • Closures/restrictions: Be careful on the adjacent trails in the area.



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