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Coconino National Forest pile burns continue this week near Flagstaff

Pile Coconino National Forest
Assistant Fire Management Officer Andy Patterson, Coconino National Forest
Fire crews on the Coconino National Forest are continuing pile burns this week to get rid of woody debris left over from previous forest treatments.

Fire managers on the Coconino National Forest this week are continuing three pile burns near Flagstaff.

The work began today and includes woody debris and material leftover from previous forest thinning treatments. Forest officials say the snow on the ground will give firefighters greater control of the projects.

Crews planned to ignite about 100 acres near Interstate 17 south of Mountainaire, along with a pile burn north of Baderville and another off Schultz Pass Road.

The work is expected to produce visible smoke in Doney Park and I-17 near Kelly Canyon, but should be light and short in duration.