Prescribed burn of Area Whiskey on Ft. Huachuca this weekend - Tucson News Now

Prescribed burn of Area Whiskey on Ft. Huachuca this weekend

(Source: U.S. Army/ Ft. Huachuca) (Source: U.S. Army/ Ft. Huachuca)
FORT HUACHUCA, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Fort Huachuca, U.S. Forest Service and other local cooperating fire agencies are planning to conduct a prescribed burn Saturday, March 11 in Area Whiskey. Area Whiskey is approximately 934 acres located in Lower Garden Canyon.

Ignition of the burn should take place around 8 a.m.  Fort personnel and community residents will see smoke throughout the day.  

Prescribed fire activities are expected to continue throughout the year when favorable weather permits. 

The natural fire regime in southern Arizona is three to seven years in most upper Sonoran Desert ecosystems.  Before fires were suppressed here around the turn of the century, areas such as Fort Huachuca had fire burn across them every three to seven years. 

Certain training areas are burned more often than others on the installation due to the need to support firing range operations throughout the summer without a chance of sparking a fire.  Regularly conducting prescribed burns in these training areas greatly reduces the risk of fire. 

Prescribed burns are subject to change due to weather and other contributing factors.  

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