The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge will be conducting a series of prescribed fires beginning February 26 and continuing through June 14. The Refuge is continuing a proactive land management approach by using fire as a management tool. The 2013 goal of treating approximately 6,500 acres will reduce the future possibility of wildfires while enhancing critical wildlife habitat and restoring native grassland processes.
Prescribed burning, conducted under an approved plan with the use of adequate firefighting resources, is the best method to prevent potential loss from wildfire. Firefighters from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the USDA Forest Service, National Park Service and the Arivaca Volunteer Fire Department may be assisting local Refuge Fire Management personnel with the prescribed fires.
Fire Management personnel on the Buenos Aires NWR will closely monitor weather and fuel conditions to maximize results and minimize smoke impacts on adjacent communities. Burns will only be conducted during the daytime hours. Highway 286 and the Arivaca-Sasabe road may be heavily impacted by smoke for short periods of time. Smoke may also be visible to residents in Arivaca, Sasabe, Three Points, Green Valley, Nogales and Tucson in southern Arizona.
For questions, please call:
Fire Management Officer
Prescribed Fire Specialist
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Previously extirpated from the United States, the masked bobwhite is being reintroduced on the refuge.