UPDATE (April 25, 2012): Crews are making progress on the Eastside burn at Campbell Mesa this morning, and plan to complete all 400 acres approved for today. Smoke has been noticeable in east Flagstaff. Winds are forecast to pick up within the next couple of hours and will help disperse smoke for the remainder of the day. Precipitation expected to arrive this evening will limit residual smoke production and overnight smoke impacts.
Upon completion of these 400 acres, initial entry burning efforts on the Campbell Mesa portion of the Eastside project will be finished.
Flagstaff AZ (April 24, 2012) – Crews from the Flagstaff District completed 200 acres on the Eastside Project prescribed burn at Campbell Mesa today. Smoke was noticeable on I-40 and in Doney Park during ignition, however, today’s winds will help disperse smoke and minimize overnight impacts.
Pending weather conditions, fire managers anticipate continuing efforts in the area tomorrow, burning up to 400 acres in 200-acre increments.
The project area is located on Campbell Mesa between Old Walnut Canyon and I-40 east of Flagstaff. The Campbell Mesa Loop and other trails in the area are temporarily closed during ignition. Smoke may be noticeable in the Country Club neighborhood overnight.
All prescribed fire activity is dependent on personnel availability, weather – including winds and ventilation – and approval from the ADEQ (www.azdeq.gov).
Fire managers make every effort to minimize smoke impacts to the communities while continuing to address the critical need to reduce the risk of severe wildfires around those communities. Tactics to keep smoke impacts as minimal as possible include cancelling burns when conditions aren’t favorable, finding alternative uses for the debris in slash piles, timing ignitions to allow the majority of smoke time to disperse prior to settling overnight, and burning larger sections at a time when conditions are favorable to reduce the overall number of days smoke is in the area.
In addition, the Coconino National Forest coordinates prescribed fire plans with the partners of the Ponderosa Fire Advisory Council (which includes state and local fire departments), as well as neighboring forests, to reduce the impact of smoke on the communities.
The public can obtain additional prescribed fire information via the following:
- Prescribed Fire Hotline: 928-226-4607
- Coconino National Forest Website: www.fs.usda.gov/coconino
- Click on “Prescribed Fire” on the right of the page
- Sign-up for regular email notifications of planned burns: http://www.fs.fed.us/news/subscription
- Choose “Southwestern Region”
- Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/CoconinoNF
- Local Ranger Stations: Flagstaff Ranger District, 928-526-0866; Red Rock Ranger District (Sedona) 928-203-2900; Mogollon Rim Ranger District (Blue Ridge) 928-477-2255