Prescott, AZ (May 1, 2019) - Fire managers on the Bradshaw Ranger District will begin implementation on the Groom Prescribed Burn beginning Thursday, May 2nd through Friday, May 10th; pending favorable weather conditions. Fire managers plan on burning approximately 223 acres, located 4 miles south of Prescott along Maripai Road (T13N, R2W, S33). Vegetation consists mainly of ponderosa pine and brush.
Fire mangers are aware of the special use events happening this weekend and do not anticipate smoke impacts to high use areas within the Prescott Basin. We plan to monitor weather conditions closely. If needed the prescribed burn could be delayed or less acreage treated to reduce any possible smoke impacts within the Prescott Basin. If weather conditions are not favorable, the prescribed burn could be delayed.
In the interest of safety, forest visitors are reminded to 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. Drivers should be prepared for short delays adjacent to the burns on FS roads.
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 persity. Prescribed fires are managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority.
All prescribed fire activity is dependent on the availability of personnel and equipment, weather forecasts, fuels moisture levels and conditions that minimize smoke impacts as best as possible and approval from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (www.azdeq.gov).