Prescott, AZ (September 15, 2018) –– Fire managers on the Chino Valley Ranger District will begin implementation on the Yolo Prescribed Burn beginning Monday, September 17th through Friday, September 21st; pending favorable weather conditions. Fire Managers plan on using hand ignitions to burn 4,218 acres located 30 miles northwest of Prescott near the Yolo Ranch (T16N, R7W, S15).
Smoke will be visible in the immediate area of the burn activity including portions of County Road 68. It is possible that there could be minor delays or stoppages of traffic as the burn progresses. In the interest of safety, forest visitors are reminded to obey all traffic signs and use caution when traveling in the vicinity of the prescribed fire burn units as firefighters and fire-related traffic will be in the area.
Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems. These burns will mimic natural fires by reducing hazardous fuels accumulations, and reintroduce fire into a fire dependent system; recycling nutrients and increasing habitat diversity. Prescribed fires are managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority.
All prescribed fire activity is dependent on the availability of personnel and equipment, weather forecasts, fuels moisture levels and conditions that minimize smoke impacts as best as possible and approval from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (www.azdeq.gov ).
The public can obtain additional fire information via the following:
- Prescott NF Forest Website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott/
- Twitter: @PrescottNF
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PrescottNF/
- Chino Valley Ranger District: (928) 777-2200