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Fall Prescribed Burning Planned on Verde Ranger District

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

Fire managers on the Verde Ranger District have several fuel treatments planned September 17th through November 30th; depending on current and expected weather conditions.  Tactics to keep smoke impacts as minimal as possible include canceling approved burns when conditions aren’t favorable, timing daytime ignitions to allow the majority of smoke to disperse prior to settling overnight, and burning larger sections at a time when conditions are favorable to reduce the overall number of days smoke is in the area.


  • Shylock Prescribed Burn is a 3526 acre initial entry burn located off Highway 89A and Forest Road 151(T14 1/2N, R2E, S5).  Vegetation is predominately chaparral
  • Crater Prescribed Burn is a 3046 acre maintenance burn located east of Powell Springs Campground and south of the community of Cherry (T14N, R3E, S29). Vegetation is predominately chaparral.  
  • Brindle Pup Prescribed Burn is a 2425 acre maintenance burn adjacent to the Brindle Pup Mine Road and Forest Road 132 (T15N, R3E, S25).  Vegetation is Ponderosa Pine with mixed chaparral.
  • Black Prescribed Burn is a 750 acre initial entry burn located between Forest 132 and Forest Road 413 (T15N, R3E, S24).  Vegetation is primarily chaparral with intermixed Ponderosa Pine.  
  • Sycamore Prescribed Burn is a 428 acre broadcast burn located east of I-17 near Dugas (T11N, R4E, S7).  Vegetation is scattered juniper slash with grass from recent mechanical thinning operations.
  • 413 Prescribed Burn is a 169 acre broadcast burn located on Mingus Mountain just east of the Campground (T15N, R3E, S12).  Vegetation is Ponderosa Pine.


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.  Drivers should be prepared for short delays adjacent to the burns on FS roads; however no delays are expected on major highways.    


Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems. These burns will mimic natural fires by reducing hazardous fuels accumulations, and reintroduce fire into a fire dependent system; recycling nutrients and increasing habitat diversity.  Prescribed fires are managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority. 

All prescribed fire activity is dependent on the availability of personnel and equipment, weather forecasts, fuels moisture levels and conditions that minimize smoke impacts as best as possible and approval from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (www.azdeq.gov).


The public can obtain additional fire information via the following: