Complete Guide & Schedule of Prescott National Forest Prescribed Burns
Updated: Jan 30
Planned Burns Start October 3rd, 2017
Local residents and visitors might be at first alarmed seeing smoke in the mountains around Prescott, but it's all part of a bigger plan to help our forest. The Loba prescribed burn started on October 3rd and is the first of a series of upcoming burns scheduled for the area. Burns will be ongoing over the next six months depending on weather conditions.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture and Forest Service, "After 100 years of actively suppressing fire in our national forests, the clinical report is in. Our forests are unhealthy and the prescription for getting them back to a healthy state is -- fire."
When the land now contained within the boundaries of the Prescott National Forest was in a natural state, fires swept through in a two to six year cycle. These fires were low intensity and effectively controlled the understory of the forest, eliminating fuels on a regular basis.
The Prescott National Forest now endeavors to replicate the natural process with prescribed burning and mechanical treatment. Burning will take place when conditions such as humidity, wind direction, speed, and fuels moisture make it safe and effective to burn."
Upcoming Planned Burns:
The Prescott National Forest, Bradshaw Ranger District is planning a series of prescribed burns around the Prescott Basin. As conditions allow, depending on short term and long term weather patterns, prescribed burn activities can occur anytime during the next six months.
Low lying areas, including the City of Prescott and Prescott Valley are expected to have smoke impacts, especially during the night caused by night time inversions. Areas affected by smoke during the day will depend on the wind direction during prescribed burning implementation.
Bradshaw Ranger District Fire Management coordinates with several agencies in order to organize these burns and achieve the desired results. The current planned prescribed burns are being conducted to reduce hazardous fuels and maintain the natural interval of fire. Using low to moderate fire behavior, we can better protect communities, improve watersheds and wildlife habitat, and overall forest health.
Fiscal Year 2018 Prescribed Burns Map (5 MB PDF)
North Spruce RX: First entry burn, 400 acres located 2 miles south of Prescott and 1 mile northeast of Groom Creek. Vegetation consists of Ponderosa pine, pockets of chaparral and grass. Estimated time for completion is 5 days. Smoke could impact Senator HWY and Walker road. Night time smoke impacts will occur within Groom Creek and the City of Prescott.
Iron-Skyline RX: First entry burn, 905 acres located 3 miles west of Prescott and north of Highland Pines. Vegetation consists of masticated brush and Ponderosa pine. Estimated time for completion is 5 days. Night time smoke impacts will occur to Iron Springs RD and City of Prescott.
Ruins RX: First entry burn, 212 acres located 4 miles east of Prescott and along county road 57. Vegetation consists of masticated brush with pockets of Ponderosa pine. Estimated time for completion is 2 days. Night time smoke impacts will occur to Walker RD, HWY 69, City of Prescott, and Prescott Valley.
Loba RX: Maintenance burn, 568 acres location 1 mile south of Prescott and along the Senator HWY. Vegetation consists of masticated brush and Ponderosa pine. Estimated time for completion is 3 days. Night time smoke impacts will occur to Senator HWY, City of Prescott, and Groom Creek.
Highland RX: First entry burn, 5 acres located 4 miles east of Prescott along county road 57. Vegetation consists of masticated brush and Ponderosa pine. Estimated time for completion is 1 day. Night time smoke impacts could occur to Walker RD, HWY 69, and Prescott Valley.
Williams Peak: Maintenance burn, 503 acres located 3 miles west of Prescott and along forest road 373. Vegetation consists of brush and Ponderosa pine. Estimated time for completion is 2 days. Night time smoke impact could occur to the City of Prescott.
The public can obtain additional fire information via the following:
Prescott NF Forest Website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott/
Fire Information: (928) 925-1111