Coconino National Forest officials plan to begin a series of large prescribed burns near Flagstaff and along the Mogollon Rim next week.
Crews will take advantage of favorable weather conditions over the next several weeks to conduct the treatments into May. Ignitions will tentatively begin Wednesday or Thursday and include 4,000 acres northeast of the San Francisco Peaks.
Smoke is expected to be visible from U.S. Hwy. 89 and the surrounding area. A separate burn will take place on 13,000 acres east of Stoneman Lake and smoke could impact Interstate-17, Lake Mary Road and the Village of Oak Creek. See the Coconino’s website for more information.
Meanwhile, officials with the Kaibab National Forest and Grand Canyon National Park will begin a prescribed burn Saturday near the North Rim. They’ll continue the work in the coming weeks on 2,100 acres south of Jacob Lake and near the North Rim Developed area.
Much of the area is closed until May 15 giving crews a window to conduct hazardous fuel reduction. Smoke may be visible from state routes 89A and 67. For more information see the Kaibab National Forest and Grand Canyon National Park fire management websites.