Forest Service plans prescribed fires for Sierra Vista Ranger Di - Tucson News Now

Forest Service plans prescribed fires for Sierra Vista Ranger District

SIERRA VISTA, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

People in or near Sierra Vista may notice smoke in the air on Friday morning, April 21, from prescribed burns conducted by the U.S. Forest Service. 

The Sierra Vista Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest is holding a prescribed burn in the Carr Barn Administrative Site located on the east side of State Highway 92, according to a recent release. 

Two burns will take place early in the morning on Friday, 148 acres at Carr Barn West and 160 acres at Carr Barn East. These prescribed burns are contingent upon favorable conditions for temperature, wind speed and direction, as well as relative humidity, fuel moisture, and fire behavior.  

According to the release, the burns will be started by crews from local, state, and federal agencies and will be monitored until they have been completed and extinguished. This should only take one day according to officials. 

Goals for the Carr Barn prescribed burn are: 

  • Continually evaluate and maintain firefighter and public safety
  • Maintain fire within the boundaries of the Carr Barn Prescribed Fire Planning Area
  • Reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire occurring within the project area by reducing fuel accumulations to more natural levels
  • Maintain vegetation in areas to support desired future conditions
  • Reduce risk of unplanned ignitions in the Wildland/Urban Interface to minimize risk to fire personnel and the public

Forestry officials hope that the fires help reestablish native grasses, reduce the desert bloom, and support U.S. Forest Service stock animals that use the project area to forage.  According to the release, the fire recycles nutrients stored in aging and decadent vegetation back into the soil, improving the quality of forage plants such as grasses and shrubs.

Visitors should to avoid the project area for safety purposes and to allow fire managers to safely and effectively perform their work. 

The northbound lane of State Route 92 will be closed between 5:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. Smoke may impair visibility for drivers.

Cooperators include Fry Fire Department, Huachuca City Fire Department, Palominas Fire Department, Sonoita Fire Department, Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, Douglas and Nogales ranger districts.

For information on reducing wildfire risk on private property, please visit http://www.firewise.org.

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