- Associated Press - Friday, January 8, 2016

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - While sitting by a fire in northern Arizona’s wintery weather might sound nice, firefighters in Flagstaff are already thinking of when it will be hot and dry.

12 News (KPNX-TV) reports (https://bit.ly/1OfOgQs ) that firefighters are igniting dozens of prescribed burns in order to prepare for fire season.

Supervisor Skyler Lofgren says he and his crew are burning 10 to 15 acres of dry trees that they piled up a few summers ago. By the end of the winter, they plan to have burned close to 1,200 acres.

Lofgren says the current snow makes prescribed burns easier to control and reduces smoke. The firefighters hope burning now will prevent fires from getting out of control in the summer.

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Information from: KPNX-TV, https://www.12news.com


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