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Fire Danger & Management | Smoke Reporting


Better Way to Think About Wildland Fires video

Watch A Better Way to Think About Wildfire to learn more about the importance and inevitability of wildland fire in the southwest. [YouTube]

Smoke impacts on local communities are often unforeseeable and unavoidable. Fire managers make their best effort to predict these impacts and provide information about potentially affected areas. The Coconino National Forest plans prescribed burns under the jurisdiction of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality's Smoke Management Division to minimize smoke impacts from these types of fires.

Whether you are affected by a serious smoke impact, or just want us to know about smoke from a fire on the Coconino National Forest in your area, please share your experience with us by providing information about the smoke impact below. Sharing your experience helps us to better serve our communities, improving our communication with you, our neighbor, about smoke impacts in the future.

When you submit this form, it is emailed directly to Forest Leadership, as well as Fire Management Officers on each District. Please know that we take smoke impacts seriously, but we cannot control every aspect of prescribed burns or wildfires. If you have health concerns about smoke, please read Health Effects of Smoke from Wildfire and Prescribed Burns from Coconino County's Public Health Services District for tips for protecting yourself and loved ones from the health impacts of wildland fire smoke.

Jump to Glossary: Types of Fire



Types of Fires

  • Wildfire: A fire started naturally by lightning or human-caused.
  • Prescribed Fire: A fire created under a ‘prescription’ plan developed by many different specialists in order to treat a specific area with fire to reduce forest fuels and restore that area to healthier state. These fires are started by fire managers and include Broadcast Burning (applying fire along the forest floor with flames that are typically low to the ground) and Pile Burning (igniting ‘slash piles’ of branches and small tree trucks and debris from forest thinning projects). Learn more about prescribed fire.
  • Managed Wildfire for Multiple Objectives: A naturally-occurring wildfire that was started by lightning, which fire managers are allowing to burn safely at a low intensity and "creep" across the forest floor in order to maintain a healthy forest and ecosystem. This type of fire acts as a natural janitor cleaning and restoring the forest to a healthier condition, ultimately reducing build-up of down and dead wood and forest fuels, making it safer for communities and lessening the chances of a severe wildfires in that area. Learn more about managed wildfires.


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