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3:02 AM Mon, Oct. 22nd

Brush-clearing burns planned for next week

JC AMBERLYN/Miner<BR>
Two prescribed burns planned for the Hualapai Mountains next week will be conducted in part to help prevent wildfires, such as the Dean Peak blaze that burned thousands of acres in the summer of 2013.

JC AMBERLYN/Miner<BR> Two prescribed burns planned for the Hualapai Mountains next week will be conducted in part to help prevent wildfires, such as the Dean Peak blaze that burned thousands of acres in the summer of 2013.

KINGMAN - Weather permitting, the Bureau of Land Management and the Arizona Game and Fish Department will conduct two prescribed burns in the Hualapai Mountains. They could ignite the fires as early as Tuesday and they could last as long as three days.

The plan is to treat roughly 2,500 acres of dense chaparral brush in an effort to improve mule deer habitat and help promote the health of the environment, reduce wildfire threats and improve forage for livestock and wildlife.

The burns will occur in the south end of the range near upper Blue Tank Canyon and Deluge Wash.

Smoke might be visible from Kingman, Yucca, Wikieup, Interstate 40 and U.S. 93 - and could be heavy at times. In Kingman, they expect smoke to be minimal and that it will quickly disperse.

Jeep trails in the area will be temporarily closed until they are deemed safe to reopen.

For more information, contact BLM fuels management specialist Wade Reaves at (928) 718-3700.