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Snaking Line of Fire

A snaking line of fire nips at the heals of a USFS employee during a prescribed burn. 

The Coconino National Forest is planning a prescribed broadcast burn project next week near Mountainaire.

The Howard Burn Project encompasses approximately 875 acres and is located 1 mile southeast of Mountainaire. Within this broadcast burn area there are also slash piles that will burn and could smoke for several days within the designated area. Fire managers are planning to use Forest Roads, 9484T, 235F, 9420R, 762B and local topography as area boundaries.

The project is scheduled to begin sometime after 9 a.m. and should be completed within three days.

Smoke is predicted to move toward the east and northeast, which may impact local communities such as East Flagstaff and motorists on Lake Mary Road. Cooling temperatures in the evenings may cause smoke to settle in the Lake Mary area, Doney Park, Walnut Canyon 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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