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Fire managers learn how to do prescribed burns

Prescribed fire is sometimes used as a tool to thin fuel loads in the forest. It’s a process that requires a lot of training.

Fire managers from several states and agencies have gathered in northern Arizona for prescribed fire training over the next week

The group will start by learning about proper conditions, such as weather, topography and wind, but have a handful of sites where they may burn if conditions allow.

“Prescribed burning is a very important process in reducing catastrophic fire risk to our communities and restoring forest health across our landscape,” said Neil Chapman, Wildland Forest Health Supervisor for the Flagstaff Fire Department.

The training will continue through Nov. 7, but Chapman says that the wet fall may create safer conditions for future burns in the Flagstaff area.

Ron Dungan was a senior field correspondent at KJZZ from 2020 to 2024.