Smoke from Prescribed Burns Affecting Winslow and Surrounding Communities


Clints Well, Ariz., Oct. 2, 2017, For Immediate Release — The following prescribed burns are planned for the week of Oct. 4 – 6 on the Coconino National Forest.
These prescribed burns are conducted in order to help protect communities from severe wildfires by reducing forest fuel accumulation in strategic areas around northern Arizona communities, and also reintroduce fire into the Ponderosa pine ecosystem to help restore ecological integrity.
All of the listed projects may not be pursued, as all prescribed burns are dependent upon weather and wind conditions, which can differ drastically across the forest. Prescribed burns are also subject to approval from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, so all or some of them could be canceled if conditions are not suitable.

MOGOLLON RIM RANGER DISTRICT.
East Clear Creek Project
When: Ignitions for this project begin Wednesday (Oct. 4) morning at 9:30 a.m. The duration of this project will be approximately two to three days.
Where: About four miles east of C.C. Cragin Reservoir.
Size: 1,300 acres in total, broken into manageable blocks each day.
Closures/Restrictions: None.
Smoke Impacts: Smoke is predicted to move toward the east/northeast and may impact local communities in the Blue Ridge area and motorists on state Route 87. Cooling temperatures in the evenings may cause smoke to settle and drain down nearby canyons.

FLAGSTAFF RANGER DISTRICT.
Mustang Burn Project (between Mountainaire and Munds Park)
When: Planned ignition will be Wednesday (Oct. 4). Ignitions typically begin close to 8:30 a.m. and duration is expected to be one day.
Where: Approximately 10 miles southeast of Flagstaff, east of Interstate 17.
Size: 600 acres.
Closures/Restrictions: None expected
Smoke Impacts: Smoke is predicted to move toward the east/northeast and may be seen by area motorist near I-40, Lake Mary Road and on the east side of Flagstaff. Smoke may settle in the areas of Flagstaff’s Country Club subdivisions, Walnut Canyon and Doney Park during the cooler evening hours and the following morning hours. It is predicted to disperse by the following afternoon.

FLAGSTAFF RANGER DISTRICT.
Munds Park Project
When: Planned ignition will be Wednesday (Oct. 4) or Thursday (Oct. 5). Ignitions typically begin close to 8:30 a.m. and duration is expected to be one day.
Where: Approximately 14 miles south of Flagstaff, immediately south of the Munds park community.
Size: 150 acres.
Closures/Restrictions: None expected
Smoke Impacts: Smoke is predicted to move toward the east/northeast and may be seen by area motorist near I-17, Lake Mary Road and on the east side of Flagstaff. Smoke may settle in the areas of Munds Park, Flagstaff’s Country Club subdivisions, Walnut Canyon and Doney Park during the cooler evening hours and the following morning hours. It is predicted to disperse by the following afternoon.
Notifications of upcoming prescribed burns are provided regularly by news releases throughout the season and also by the following online resources:
• Sign up to receive news releases from Coconino NF: www.fs.fed.us/news/subscription.shtml

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