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Prescribed burn may close Mt. Lemmon Control Road

Citizen Staff Writer

Starting Monday



Motorists who plan to head up the northern flank of the Santa Catalina Mountains next week should beware: The Control Road from Oracle to Mount Lemmon might close intermittently starting Monday.

Coronado National Forest will burn 1,700 acres near Peppersauce Campground to clear dense oak brush and restore the area to improve wildlife habitat, the national forest said in a news release.

The fire, which could be delayed if conditions prove too dangerous for the prescribed burn, is a joint operation between the Oracle Fire Department and the U.S. Forest Service.

Smoke will not be visible from Tucson, though it will be visible from Oracle, San Manuel and other spots on the north side of the mountain range.

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