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Phoenix District
Release Date: 10/15/12
Contacts: Media Contact: , Pamela Mathis , 602-402-7690
  Fire Contact: , Ken Shaver , 623-580-5578

Prescribed Burn Planned Along the Gila River

Palo Verde, ArizonaTo reduce the occurrence and potential intensity of wildfires along the Gila River corridor, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will conduct a prescribed burn between October 8, – November 3, 2012, about two miles south of Palo Verde, Arizona.  The prescribed burn will occur on the day(s) when weather conditions are most favorable and will last from one to five days within that time period.

Firefighters will burn Salt Cedar that has encroached native vegetation along the Gila River. To improve the habitat for native vegetation, the Salt Cedar was recently cut and stacked in piles over a 300-acre area.  Now, firefighters will ignite those piles.

The actual day(s) for the burn will be determined when weather conditions and air quality allow for safe burning. Residents should expect smoke to be visible in the area during the burn operation, with smoldering to occur a few days more. Fire crews will remain on site and monitor conditions following all prescribed burn activities.

The BLM greatly appreciates your cooperation in protecting yourpublic lands by helping to prevent unwanted wildfires. To report a wildfire call (866) 746-6516Current fire conditions/restriction information can also be foundonline at

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.

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Last updated: 04-06-2015