Highlands Center for Natural History Prescribed Burn Planned Friday, April 8, 2022
Fire managers on the Bradshaw Ranger District plan to burn 12 acres on Friday, April 8, 2022, pending favorable weather conditions. The burn is located at the Highlands Center for Natural History on the east side of Walker Road (T13N, R1W, S8). Fire managers expect smoke impacts to be light in the surrounding area with no road or trail closures.
In the interest of safety, please obey all traffic signs and use caution when traveling in the vicinity of the prescribed fire burn units as firefighters and fire-related traffic will be in the area. Specific days to burn are determined by current and expected weather patterns allowing fire mangers to make every effort to minimize smoke impacts to nearby communities and roadways.
Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems. These burns will mimic natural fires by reducing hazardous fuels accumulations, and reintroduce fire into a fire dependent system, recycling nutrients and increasing habitat diversity. Prescribed fires are managed with firefighter and public safety as our number one priority.
All prescribed fire activity is dependent on the availability of personnel and equipment, weather, fuels, and conditions that minimize smoke impacts as much as possible, and approval from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (www.azdeq.gov).
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