Prescribed burns

A drip torch stands tall surveying its work as the meadow flames grow larger. (Ian Horvath/Flickr)

Ian Horvath

Several prescribed burns happening this week are producing substantial smoke south of Flagstaff. 

Sawmill Project

When: Ignitions for this project begin Tuesday (Oct. 24) evening at 5 p.m. and continue throughout the week. The estimated duration of this project is two to three days.

Where: The burn area is seven miles southeast of Mormon Lake, east of Lake Mary Road, using Forest Roads 638, 124H, 92C, local topography and FR 6045 as boundaries. (34°49'05.6"N, 111°22'32.4"W)

Size: 1,200 acres in total.

Closures/Restrictions: None.

Smoke Impacts: Smoke is predicted to move toward the east/northeast and may impact local communities such as Mormon Lake Village and motorists on Lake Mary Road. Cooling temperatures in the evenings may cause smoke to settle in the Happy Jack area and drain down nearby canyons.

Munds Park and Coyote Park Projects

When: Planned ignition will be Tuesday evening at about 5 p.m. and the project is scheduled to last for three days (Oct. 24-26).

Where: On the east side of I-17 approximately one mile north and immediately south of the community of Munds Park. (34°58'20.92"N x 111°37'59.83"W)

Size: Approximately 1,900 acres total.

Closures/Restrictions: None.

Smoke Impacts: Smoke is predicted to drain down Munds Canyon and impact Sedona and possibly the Village of Oak Creek in the evening and early morning hours. By each afternoon, smoke is predicted to rise and move toward the east/northeast and will be seen by motorists in the area on Lake Mary Road.

Emery Cowan can be reached at (928) 556-2250 or


Environment, Health and Science Reporter

Emery Cowan writes about science, health and the environment for the Arizona Daily Sun, covering everything from forest restoration to endangered species recovery efforts.

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