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The Coconino National Forest is conducting pile burns Tuesday, Feb. 12 near Schultz Pass.

The pile burns began Tuesday at 10 a.m. as part of the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project, the Coconino National Forest reports. Smoke is visible at the base of Mount Elden and is expected to move to the northeast.

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The Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project was approved by Flagstaff voters in 2012, allocating a $10 million bond to reduce the risk of wildfires and post-fire flooding in the Rio de Flag and Lake Mary watersheds. FWPP is a collective effort between the State of Arizona, City of Flagstaff and Coconino National Forest.

The public can view approved prescribed fires for any given day on the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality’s website at www.smoke.azdeq.gov/.

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