- Heavy equipment for thinning 821 acres will be used
- The project area is located south of Old Black Canyon Highway & Stone Ridge
- Portions of trails may be periodically closed
- Mechanical thinning is an effective hazardous fuels management tool
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First Project to be implemented under the Hassayampa Landscape Restoration Project
PRESCOTT, AZ, November 6th, 2020 - Beginning Friday, November 6th and continuing for the next 2 months, a contractor working on the Bradshaw Ranger District will be using heavy equipment to thin approximately 821 acres of the Blue Hills Fuels Treatment mastication project. The contractor has previously completed 292 acres earlier this summer. The project area is located south of Old Black Canyon Highway and Stone Ridge communities, east of the Lynx Lake Recreation Area and west of the community of Blue Hills.
As the contractor moves through the area, portions of trails will be periodically closed. Those trails would be Charcoal Gulch Trail #9419, Nemo Spring Trail #9405 and Red Mountain Trail #43. Please do not enter areas where the heavy equipment is operating. Approaching such equipment is very dangerous as the operator may not see you.
Mechanical thinning treatments has proven to be an effective hazardous fuels management tool by rearranging/reducing ladder and canopy fuels to the surface to reduce the risk of crown fire, and to increase defensible space. Completion of this project will improve the health and resiliency of fire-adapted ecosystems while simultaneously reducing hazardous fuels that pose a threat to life and property in the Wildland-Urban Interface.
The intent of the project is to improve the health and resiliency of fire-adapted ecosystems while simultaneously reducing hazardous fuels that pose a threat to life and property in the Wildland-Urban Interface.
For more information please contact the Bradshaw Ranger District at (928) 443-8000.
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