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Verde Ranger District Pile Burn Scheduled

Dept of Agriculture USFS Forest ServicePrescott AZ (February 3, 2015) – Fire managers on the Verde Ranger District are planning to burn Wednesday, February 4 through Saturday, February 7, 2015, pending favorable weather conditions. Specific days to burn will be determined by current and expected weather patterns allowing fire managers to make every effort to minimize smoke impacts to nearby communities.  

Approximately 500 acres of piles (T11N, R4E, S28) are located south of Dugas and east of Cordes Junction. These piles are juniper trees that have been cut and piled to improve pronghorn habitat. 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 fire 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).

The public can obtain additional prescribed fire information via the following:

·       Prescott NF Fire Information Hotline:  (928) 777-5799

·       Prescott NF Forest Website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott/

·       Local Ranger Stations:  Bradshaw Ranger District, (928) 443-8000; Chino Valley Ranger District (928) 777-2200; Verde Ranger District (928) 567-4121

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