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Prescribed burns planned for Huachucas

Controlled fires in Lyle Canyon, Ft. Huachuca to happen in February

Prescribed burns are expected to begin in February and will last into summer for the Huachuca Mountains, including Lyle Canyon and Fort Huachuca, to prevent the spread of wildfires, the U.S. Forest Service announced.

The Sierra Vista Ranger District and Fort Huachuca personnel will try to reduce dry vegetation that fuels fires in the area.

The Lyle Canyon effort will cover 3,100 acres north of Parker Canyon Lake east of the S.R. 83 and F.R. 201 intersection, and south of F.R. 202. The burn is expected to happen later in the month and will last two to three days, said Heidi Schewel, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Forest Service.

There are seven prescribed burns expected for Fort Huachuca that will cover a total of 4,800 acres in the northern foothills and northwestern grasslands of the Army installation, Schewel said in a press release.

The controlled fires were expected to take place later in the week, but a predicted storm front has forced the Forest Service to hold off. Schewel said she did not yet know what date the burns will happen.

Military personnel will help U.S. Forest rangers with the burns as a training exercise, Schewel said.

The U.S. Forest Service is currently battling a fire on the southwest side of the Chiracahua Mountains.

By Monday afternoon the "Bruno Fire" was burning over 190 acres and was 90 percent contained. It is believed to have been human-caused, Schewel said

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The Bruno Fire "is an indication of how dry things are in some parts of the forest," Schewel said.

Last summer, the Monument Fire south of Sierra Vista burned more than 333,000 acres and destroyed at least three dozen homes.

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The Huachuca Mountains in winter.