/ Modified jun 24, 2010 7:34 a.m.

Prescribed burn in Rincon Mountains

Tucson residents may see smoke rising from the mountain range east of town.

Tucson residents may see smoke rising from the mountain range east of town.

Rincon-burn Rincon Mountains. Mica Mountain, where the prescribed burn is happening, is on the right.

Rincon Mountains. Mica Mountain, where the prescribed burn is happening, is on the right.

National Park Service officials are conducting a prescribed burn on 432 acres of ponderosa pine forest in Saguaro National Park. Michelle Fidler, a park service public information officer, says the burn is meant to lower the density of trees and brush in the forest, and reduce fuels for large wildfires. Fidler says smoke from the burn will be visible in the Tucson area for several days.

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Rincon-burn-map Map of the Mica Prescribed Burn in Saguaro National Park and the Rincon Mountains.

Map of the Mica Prescribed Burn in Saguaro National Park and the Rincon Mountains.

National Park Service’s information page on the Mica Prescribed Fire
National Park Service’s fire management page
Saguaro National Park page

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