Last prescribed burn for spring scheduled on Fort Huachuca - Tucson News Now

Last prescribed burn for spring scheduled on Fort Huachuca

(Source: Fort Huachuca) (Source: Fort Huachuca)
FORT HUACHUCA, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Fort Huachuca, in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service, will conduct the last prescribed burn this spring on Tuesday, April 10 on the East Range. 

This burn will help support military training, by reducing the risk of wildfires and maintaining the ecological integrity of the fire-adapted ecosystems dependent on reoccurring fire that benefits forest health.

Hubbard Dropzone will be burned in the morning and the Dust Devil Dropzone in the afternoon. 

Ignitions should start around 8:30 a.m., and smoke will be visible throughout the day.  

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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