(Posted April 24, 2012, at 3:37 p.m.) 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.
(source: Coconino National Forest)