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Wood pile burning to begin on Mt. Lemmon

If you see smoke coming from Mt. Lemmon over the next few days, don't worry. It's all part of a Forest Service project to reduce the risk of wildfires.

Beginning Tuesday, forest rangers will be burning piles of stacked wood on Mt. Lemmon near Mt. Bigelow and Spencer Canyon, Forest Service spokeswoman Heidi Schewel said in a press release.

Due to recent rains, conditions are favorable to burn wood from about 20 acres that was cut and piled as part of the Spencer/Bigelow fuels reduction project, Schewel said. 

The burn is meant to reduce the potential for large wildfires by reducing woody fuels present in the area, said. Schewel.

The burning may continue for several days, she said.

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