Pile Burning Planned on the Verde Ranger District August 9 - 31

Contact(s): Debbie Maneely: 928-443-8130

Fire managers on the Verde Ranger District are planning to burn piles Thursday, August 9th through Friday, August 31st; pending favorable weather conditions.  Area Map (191 KB PDF)


Approximately 76 acres are planned near the Brindle Pup Mine (T15N, R3E, Sec 25, 26 & 36) on Mingus Mountain.    These are brush piles that have been generated from recently completed fuel breaks.  Smoke may be visible along Forest Road 132 near Brindle Pup Mine, Highway 169 near Cherry and in the immediate area of the burn activity.  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).


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