Pile burning planned Jan. 16-18 on Mingus Mountain

Verde Ranger District fire managers plan to continue fuels treatments on Mingus Mountain from Tuesday through Thursday, Jan. 16-18, weather conditions permitting.

Benefits from these treatments help to reduce hazardous fuels adjacent to the wildland urban interface and increase ecosystem and community resilience, a news release states.

Mingus Mountain piles are located at the end of Forest Road 104A, approximately 2 miles east of Mingus Summit Day Use.

Burning of debris left over from thinning projects require moisture in the surrounding vegetation and typically produces much lighter smoke than broadcast burning. Pile burning is one piece of the ongoing fuels reduction work in the Prescott basin.

All prescribed fires activity is dependent on the availability of personnel and equipment, weather, fuels and conditions that minimize smoke impacts as best as possible and approval from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (www.azdeq.gov).

For more information, visit www.fs.usda.gov/prescott or call 928-567-4121.

Learn and celebrate the legacy of MLK

On Jan. 15, Prescott will mark the birthday of one of America’s greatest practitioners of social justice, Martin Luther King. This will include the following events:

10 a.m. – Peace and Justice March: Begins in the Prescott College Parking Lot at 220 Grove Avenue, Prescott.

10:30 a.m. – Interactive Displays and Light Refreshments: In the main sanctuary of Prescott United Methodist Church at 505 W. Gurley St., Prescott.

11 a.m. – MLK Legacy Celebration: Includes a ceremony and children’s program, also at the Prescott United Methodist Church sanctuary.

6 p.m. – MLK Special Program and Evening Service: At St, Luke’s Ebony Christian Church, 12191 E. Turquoise Circle, Dewey.

Social justice is the cornerstone of democracy and a cherished principle of a wide range of philosophies and religions. Among Dr. King’s many insightful and inspiring thoughts is the firm belief that “. . . unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.” Join us in grateful celebration and to learn more about this “Just Love.”