Prescribed burns

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

Ian Horvath

Fire managers on the Coconino National Forest are planning two prescribed burn projects north of the San Francisco Peaks and southeast of Mormon Lake. Ignitions for both are slated for Wednesday, with winds predicted to disperse smoke to the northeast. No closures or restrictions are required for either burn. 

All burns are dependent on weather conditions at the time and could be delayed or cancelled if conditions are not favorable.

Horseshoe Project

When: Planned ignition will be Wednesday morning and estimated duration is two to three days.

Where: Approximately three miles east of Kendrick Park, north of the San Francisco Peaks. 

Size: Approximately 2,400 acres.

Smoke Impacts: Smoke impacts are possible in areas such as Snowbowl Estates, U.S. Highway 180 and state Route 89A, as well as the communities of Cameron, Tuba City and the Little Colorado River Valley.

Sawmill Project

When: Ignitions for the Sawmill Project begin Wednesday evening and estimated duration is one day.

Where: Seven miles southeast of Mormon Lake, east of Lake Mary Road.

Size: 750 acres.

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.

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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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