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Bureau of Land Management to burn brush piles near Lake Pleasant to reduce fire risk

As temperatures cool, public lands agencies have begun to carry out prescribed burns to thin fuels and reduce the risk of wildfire, and one of those fires will take place northwest of Phoenix.

The Bureau of Land Management plans to burn cut and piled brush on public lands west of Lake Pleasant, about three miles north of State Route 74.

The agency says it does not plan to close any roads during the burns, but says that local residents may see resulting smoke.

It plans to keep crews on site to monitor the operations, which will take place in September when weather conditions allow.

"There’s a possibility that visitors to the area may see some light smoke on the days when the Phoenix district does the prescribed burns," said Chris Wonderly, a spokesman for the BLM.

The brush piles were created during a project to reduce fuel loads near a target shooting area.

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Ron Dungan has lived in Arizona for more than 35 years. He has worked as a reporter, construction worker, copy editor, designer and freelance writer. He's a graduate of the University of Iowa, where he was a member of the undergraduate Writers’ Workshop, and has a master’s in history from Arizona State University.Dungan was an outdoors reporter and member of the storyteller team at the Arizona Republic, where he won several awards, and was a contributor on a border project that won the 2018 Pulitzer for explanatory reporting.When not working, Dungan enjoys books, gardening, hanging out with his German shorthaired pointer, backpacking and fly-fishing. He's a fan of the Arizona Cardinals and Iowa Hawkeyes.