Coconino National Forest fire crews will conduct two prescribed burns this week, both of which are set to begin Tuesday, according to a media release.
Starting Tuesday and running to the end of the week, the agency will burn about 1,800 acres in the Red Rock Ranger district about two miles from Stoneman Lake.
Motorists on Stoneman Lake Road (Forest Road 213) are likely to see smoke and will encounter fire vehicles along the roadway. Cooling temperatures in the evenings may cause smoke to settle in the Stoneman Lake area, Rarick Canyon and Beaver Creek, according to the Forest Service.
Wednesday and Thursday, the Forest Service also plans to burn up to 300 acres of slash piles about eleven miles southeast of Mormon Lake, in the Long Lake area.
In that case, smoke is expected to travel northeast and should not impact any communities, draining into lower-lying areas overnight.
Prescribed burns are always dependent upon weather and wind conditions and in this case, the increased wind speed is a benefit for these planned burns, the Forest Service said.
Both burns are part of a 5-year plan to reduce hazardous fuels and improve forest health on the Coconino National Forest.
The public can view approved prescribed burns on Arizona Department of Environmental Quality’s website at smoke.azdeq.gov.