Pile Burning Planned October 15 - 20 on the Verde Ranger District

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

Fire Managers on the Verde Ranger District plan to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, winds, and weather forecasts to continue burning piles on Mingus Mountain Monday, October 15th through Saturday, October 20th.  


Mingus Piles – Approximately 150 acres of hand piles from recent mechanical thinning operations along Forest Road 105 just North and East of Mingus Springs Ranch (T15N, 2E, S21&28).   Map (192 KB PDF)


These are brush and slash piles that have been generated from recently completed fuels reduction projects and mechanical thinning.  Smoke will be visible 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 burning piles 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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