(Posted July 17, 2012, at 10:55 a.m.) Personnel from the Santa Catalina Ranger District, Coronado National Forest, will burn piles of previously thinned trees on Tuesday, July 17, in the vicinity of Spencer Canyon Campground on Mt. Lemmon.
The work may continue July 18 depending on the weather.
Crews will take advantage of moist conditions to remove excess fuels from the forest as part of the overall fuels treatment plan.
Over the last century, fire suppression and other factors have contributed to a buildup of fuels (shrubs, trees, dead-and-down wood) which can increase the potential for the spread of wildfire. Efforts such as this are undertaken on an ongoing basis across the Forest to reduce the amount of excess fuels and decrease the potential for wildfire spread.
Forest visitors are encouraged to use caution in the area. Little smoke drift is anticipated.
For further information please contact the Santa Catalina Ranger District office at (520) 749-8700 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays and 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekends.
(source: Coronado National Forest)