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11/2/2013 2:45:00 PM
Seasonal prescribed burns under way on Mingus and Dewey-Humboldt

Fire managers on the Verde Ranger District are conducting prescribed fire applications (burns) over the next two weeks near Mingus Mountain, Cherry and Whitehorse Subdivision. Predicted weather conditions look favorable for operations on the Jeronimo, Logan Mine and Tex Canyon.

Ignitions began Friday on Jeronimo Project, approximately 950-acres, located north and east of FS Road 413 and south of FS Road 104 (T15N, R2E, Sec 10, 15, 16, & 23) on Mingus Mountain.

It is designed to reduce fuel loads and return fire to its natural role in the ecosystem. The prescribed burn is to reduce the chance of a damaging wildfire that might impact the Mingus Mountain Recreation Area, summer recreation residences, and critical communications facilities. Trails 110 and 111 will be closed during burning operations.

Logan Mine Project - Approximately 220 acres located south and east of Cherry (T14N, R3E, Sec 22, 27 & 28) and will reduce fuel loads, return fire to its natural role, and reduce the potential for wildfire around Cherry.  

  Tex Canyon Project - Approximately 3500 acres north and east of the Whitehorse Subdivision in the Dewey-Humboldt area (T14N, R2E, Sec 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, & 34). In addition to reducing the chance of damaging wildfire to the Whitehorse Subdivision the burn will improve wildlife habitat.

All prescribed fires activity is dependent on the availability of personnel and equipment, weather, fuels and conditions that minimize smoke impacts as best as possible and approval from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (www.azdeq.gov ).

The public can obtain additional prescribed fire information via the following: Prescott NF Fire Information Hotline:  (928) 777-5799 or the Verde Ranger District (928) 567-4121.  


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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, November 3, 2013
Article comment by: really ???

That was a controlled burn yesterday?? I was coming up 17 and could see from Sunset point and it filled the west end of the valley. It just kept getting bigger and bigger. Smoke filled the air. Not good for people with COPD and other health issues. The WIND was blowing pretty good on both sides of the hill. Pretty dumb move on someone's part

Posted: Sunday, November 3, 2013
Article comment by: We Need Burns

We need the controlled burns, which generally last only a day or two. A small fire is far more desirable than a conflagration which destroys everything in its path and burns for weeks.
@ Wilcox... may be the fire smoke, may be the onset of young child cold. Stay inside with the windows shut if it bothers you.

If society had not tried to stop every single forest fire over the last 50 years, Mother Nature would take care of it herself. Granted, some fires would burn homes and towns because of where they were built.
Start logging again. Allow small fires to naturally burn. Continue wisely managing our forests and resource instead of some static pretty thing to look at.


Posted: Saturday, November 2, 2013
Article comment by: Rebecca Wilcox

The burn is causing my 4 year old to cough all day Long!



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