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Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service to carry out fuel thinning projects

As cooler temperatures come to the desert, Arizona’s public lands agencies will start to look ahead to future fire seasons.

That means projects to thin fuel buildups, which can lead to bigger, hotter fires.

The Bureau of Land Management will burn piles of cut tamarisk on about 40 acres northwest of Lake Pleasant.

The agency cleared the brush to improve ecosystem health and habitat for the lesser long-nosed bat.

It will also burn juniper piles in Agua Fria National Monument east of I-17.

Light smoke may be visible but no road closures are planned.

Tonto National Forest will also carry out prescribed burns about 25 miles north of Globe.

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.