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Prescribed Burns On State Land On Observatory Mesa West Of Flagstaff To Begin Monday

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The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management will ignite a prescribed burn beginning on Monday. Over the span of a few days, 750 acres will be burned six miles west of Flagstaff on Observatory Mesa, on state land, just west of last week’s burns on city land. The burn will accomplish the goal of helping overall forest restoration and keeping forest fuels from accumulating, reducing extreme fire behavior and reducing smoke in nearby communities. Smoke will be visible to those driving along the I-17. If winds head southwest, smoke will be pushed north and lightly impact the highway. There will be a second burn of 200 acres on the same days in the Pine area. All prescribed burns are dependent on weather conditions and must be approved by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality. For more information and updates, visit DFFM’s social media pages.