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Flagstaff fire managers conducting prescribed burn on Observatory Mesa

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Firefighters use drip torches to ignite a prescribed burn on Observatory Mesa in Flagstaff on Tue, Nov. 2, 2021. It's part of the Flagstaff Prescribed Fire Training Exchange program that’s bringing fire professionals from across the country to the area for training on management techniques.

Fire managers with the City of Flagstaff are conducting a prescribed burn Tuesday on 72 acres west of the city on Observatory Mesa.

It’s part of the first-of-its-kind Flagstaff Prescribed Fire Training Exchange program that’s bringing fire professionals from across the country to the area for training on management techniques.

Smoke is expected to settle this evening in Flagstaff’s downtown, Southside, Railroad Springs and the Northern Arizona University campus.

Other treatments including at Rogers Lakes are scheduled throughout the week.

Meanwhile, Coconino National Forest fire managers are planning a 510-acre prescribed burn northwest of Flagstaff near the Lava River Cave.

It’s set for Wednesday and Thursday and smoke is expected to be initially visible throughout the Flagstaff area along with Parks, Bellemont Camp Navajo, and Interstate-40 and later on Highway 180.