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Flagstaff announces prescribed burns within city limits

The city of Flagstaff has announced plans to conduct prescribed burns within city limits this fall.

The burns will take place on city-owned parcels and will likely occur in mid-September to mid-November, depending on weather.

Prescribed burns are vital to the area’s ponderosa pine and mixed conifer forests, which have evolved beneficial adaptations to frequent fires.

They also provide essential nutrients to soils and reduce risks of catastrophic fires by limiting available fuel.

Fire managers will work with nearby national forests and parks, fire districts and the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality to monitor smoke impacts.

The city’s website, flagstaff.az.gov, will share locations and dates when available.

Nicholas Gerbis joined KJZZ’s Arizona Science Desk in 2016. A longtime science, health and technology journalist and editor, his extensive background in related nonprofit and science communications inform his reporting on Earth and space sciences, neuroscience and behavioral health, and bioscience/biotechnology.Apart from travel and three years in Delaware spent earning his master’s degree in physical geography (climatology), Gerbis has spent most of his life in Arizona. He also holds a master’s degree in journalism and mass communication from Arizona State University’s Cronkite School and a bachelor’s degree in geography (climatology/meteorology), also from ASU.Gerbis briefly “retired in reverse” and moved from Arizona to Wisconsin, where he taught science history and science-fiction film courses at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He is glad to be back in the Valley and enjoys contributing to KJZZ’s Untold Arizona series.During the COVID-19 pandemic, Gerbis focused almost solely on coronavirus-related stories and analysis. In addition to reporting on the course of the disease and related research, he delved into deeper questions, such as the impact of shutdowns on science and medicine, the roots of vaccine reluctance and the policies that exacerbated the virus’s impact, particularly on vulnerable populations.