AZ foresters to use prescribed burns to help manage wildfire risk

Published: Tuesday, November 15, 2022 - 4:55pm

As the weather cools, Arizona’s fire season becomes a thing of the past. But fire managers are taking advantage of autumn weather.

Historians say that fire is a natural part of the landscape. But foresters put out fires for decades, which has created a fuel buildup.

Climate change, a growing population in the West and other factors have led to bigger, hotter fires in recent years.

One way to turn down the heat is to remove fuel, and one way to do that is to burn it.

This week, the Service will carry out a prescribed burn in Tonto National Forest north of Globe.

The Bureau of Land Management has also announced a series of burns in northern and western parts of the state.