Prescribed Burn Set To Begin Tuesday Near Mormon Lake – Great Circle Media of Arizona
The state Forestry Department will be conducting a prescribed burn this week near Mormon Lake. Forestry officials say the “Flying M Ranch Prescribed Burn” is a 18-hundred acre burn on state trust land and planned to start Tuesday and run through Thursday east of Mormon Lake about 30 miles southeast of Flagstaff and ten miles south of Interstate 40. Once Morning ignitions begin, winds are predicted to push smoke toward the northeast and should not affect the highway and the Mormon Lake community. Project objectives include wildfire risk reduction by reducing hazardous fuels around infrastructure and nearby private properties. State forestry officials say prescribed burning remains an effective tool to reduce wildfire intensity and risk, provide for healthier forests and protection of watersheds. Prescribed burning acts as a cleaning mechanism to remove ground litter, reduce invasive species and pests, along with any diseased vegetation.