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Willard Pit green waste burn (copy)

Coconino County Public Works and the U.S. Forest Service plan to start the annual green waste burn at the Willard Springs Transfer Station 17 miles south of Flagstaff today, according to the county. 

The waste, comprised mostly of pine needles and tree trimmings, is scheduled to burn until the spring and will likely produce heavy smoke visible from I-17 throughout the next three weeks. 

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The Mormon Lake Ranger Station, Pinewood Fire Department and the Coconino County Public Works Solid Waste Division will be supervising the burn throughout the winter, while the Coconino National Forest will post signage on I-17 to alert motorists to drive with caution in smoky areas. 

County residents are encouraged to reduce time outdoors when smoke is present, clean all air filters, use the recirculate mode on air conditioners or heaters and reduce indoor activities - like cooking and vacuuming - that stir up pollutants. 

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Kaitlin Olson can be reached at the office at kolson@azdailysun.com or by phone at (928) 556-2253. 

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