BLM Prescribed Burn planned starting 5/11 S of Kingman, NE of Wikieup

Published by The Bee News

May 9, 2023

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We are planning to conduct prescribed burning on Goodwin Mesa, about 50 miles southeast of Kingman, northeast of Wikieup and north of Bagdad, starting Thursday 5/11. This is all relative to weather conditions on the day ignitions are planned and predicted conditions in the subsequent days. If conditions allow for ignition operations, activity reports will be posted on our Social Media pages on those days  — BLM Arizona Facebook |  BLM Arizona Fire Twitter 
Smoke may be visible from Wikieup, Bagdad, Interstate 40, and U.S. 93. Impacts from the smoke are expected to be minimal in this remote area. Smoke emissions will be managed in accordance with Arizona Department of Environmental Quality regulations. Roads and trails accessing the burn area will temporarily close for public safety and reopen after the burn.
This is one in a series of treatments designed to improve the native grassland ecosystem on Goodwin Mesa by reducing woody species, stimulating growth of native grasses, and returning fire to its natural role in the ecosystem. The burn will help improve forage for wildlife and livestock as well as manage fuel loads so that natural fires are less destructive. The project is being conducted in the late spring/summer to mimic natural fire frequency and intensity and maximize the benefit of monsoon rains when they arrive.

Please reference the previously issued NEWS RELEASE for additional information: Bureau of Land Management to conduct multiple-day prescribed burn 

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