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Juniper Fire area of Tonto National FOrrest (So of Young)

  • 04 Dec 2016 7:50 PM
    Reply # 4439431 on 4438241
    Christopher May (Administrator)

    That fire burned up much of the Sierra Ancha, which is almost 7700 feet at its highest point on Aztec Peak. There are likely to be some patches of decent black fire morel habitat at the highest elevations, although it looks like rugged country with relatively little flat ground. Look for north facing slopes under Douglas fir, beginning in mid-April or a couple of weeks after snowmelt, whichever comes latest. 

    Use a garden thermometer to check soil temperatures at 10 cm deep to the surface. As Terri mentioned, morels begin to stir when the soil temps are 45 degrees. They peak at temps of 50-55 degrees, and peter out after temps reach 65 degrees or so. If you find that temps are too cold, find some less shady eastern or western exposures, or go to a lower elevation. If they are too warm, head higher and seek out the most shaded north-facing slopes and canyons.

    Last modified: 04 Dec 2016 7:52 PM | Christopher May (Administrator)
  • 04 Dec 2016 8:38 AM
    Reply # 4438632 on 4438241
    Terri Clements (Administrator)

    We found both natural black and burn morels last season (April and May) at about 7500-8200' elevation in areas of ponderosa pine, fir, spruce and aspen.  I've looked at the map for this fire but couldn't find any mention of elevation though habitat was described as ponderosa pine, mixed conifer and scrub oak.  I am not that familiar with that area south of Young but I suspect it is lower than that.  And of course we need precip at the time the soil temps are right which is not always the case.  We were lucky to have both in 2016.  With adequate moisture and the right habitat morels will fruit when soil temps are 45 degrees or so.

  • 03 Dec 2016 8:35 PM
    Message # 4438241

    We had a fire South of Young AZ last June. The Juniper Fire was a lightening-started fire that was allowed to burn more than 30,000 acres. Would this be a likely area for mushrooms in 2017?  I am new to mushrooming, but I live in Young and would love to join up with any one foraging in that area.

    Map here:

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