Updated: 26-Apr-2012 10:18
The prescribed fire allows fire managers to take advantage of fire’s natural function in the ecosystem – reducing accumulated fuels on the forest floor, recycling nutrients into the soil, and protecting the greater area from future high-intensity wildland fires.
Reintroducing fire to fire-dependent ecosystems benefits wildlife and livestock by creating more palatable and diverse vegetation. The burns are conducted to emulate natural fire patterns and create a mosaic of burned and unburned areas across the landscape.
Prescribed fires are always dependent on weather conditions. Factors considered prior to each prescribed fire ignition include relative humidity, ideal temperature, wind speed and direction, fuel moisture content, and much more. All of these requirements are considered to obtain the optimum prescribed burning scenario.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) (PDF document)
To view a map of ongoing prescribed burns, please click the link below:
|Ranger District||Phone Number|
|Cave Creek Ranger District||(480) 595-3300|
|Globe Ranger District||(928) 402-6200|
|Mesa Ranger District||(480) 610-3300|
|Payson Ranger District||(928) 474-7900|
|Pleasant Valley Ranger District||(928) 462-4300|
|Tonto Basin Ranger District||(928) 467-3200|