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Coconino National Forest Fire Managers Completed A 348 Acre Burn South Of Flagstaff Friday

Coconino National Forest fire managers performed a prescribed burn Friday, four miles south of Flagstaff along Lake Mary Road. Fire crews completed their intended 348 acre burn. A lot of smoke was visible from Flagstaff and Lake Mary Road due to southwest winds. Fire officials say they received questions on why they decided to burn on a windy day. They said “with this particular burn, the wind is a key component for its success. We use conditions like today to move the fire across the landscape that is mostly flat in the area of today’s prescribed burn. The conditions also help move smoke up and over communities quickly so they are not impacted heavily. Not every burn will call for these kinds of conditions, but with this burn the conditions were ideal.” Fire managers plan to conduct more burns on the 24-hundred-acre project through next Friday, when conditions warrant.

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