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Posted on: November 13, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Prescribed burn on Observatory Mesa planned for Wednesday, Nov. 15

A prescribed burn will be conducted by the Flagstaff Fire Department on Observatory Mesa on Wednesday, Nov. 15. The burn will target approximately 168 acres. Resources on scene will include two type 6 engines, one type 3 engine, two utility task vehicles with water pumps, the Bear Jaw Wildland Crew and the Flagstaff Fire Department Wildland Crew.

Residents and visitors can expect smoke to be visible in the area. Smoke from the prescribed burn is expected to drift in a north/ northeast direction during the day over the Coconino Estates neighborhood and the area north of the hospital. At night, smoke is expected to settle in and around Thorpe Park. No closures of roads or FUTS trails are anticipated, however recreators should plan to avoid the burn area. 

Prescribed burns help to restore forests to healthier conditions and improve the safety of the communities around them. Frequent, low-intensity fire removes accumulated smaller fuels and recycles nutrients in the soils to promote healthy vegetation and wildlife habitat.

For more information on the benefits of prescribed burns, please visit For any related questions, please contact Mark Adams, Wildland Community Risk Reduction Specialist, at 928-213-2510 or 


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