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The Great 2022 Arizona Burn Morel Hunt

  • 15 Apr 2022
  • 9:00 AM
  • 15 Jun 2022
  • burn areas throughout the state

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Are you interested in hunting for the elusive burn morel this spring? If so, the Arizona Mushroom Society has just created maps of 2021 wildfires, that you will want for your hunt.

Despite being in a La Nina weather pattern and experiencing a 2021/2022 winter season with less precipitation than average, we received a push of moisture at the end of February and early March. Hopefully this late winter/early spring moisture will help with our ever optimistic pursuit to find burn morels in the mountains of our desert state. 

When conditions are right, burn morels can grow in large numbers in recently burned areas. They grow in habitat ranging from Ponderosa pine forests to higher elevation spruce-fir vegetation. Since they grow from tree roots, they can only be found in areas with these trees. The fruiting of morel mushrooms can be triggered by wildfires, so having a good map of recent wildfire boundaries is a key resource for having a successful hunt.

The most limiting factor in Arizona is enough moisture to facilitate the growth of burn morels before it gets too hot and dry for them to fruit. So, some years are better than others based on snowpack, spring precipitation, and temperatures.

Hunting the Arizona burn morels is challenging. You will need to consider key factors of the locations you are looking such as slope, aspect, soil temperatures, tree species, and whether or not the area has been recently burned. To help with the latter, the Arizona Mushroom Society has created maps of 2021 wildfires that can be downloaded and used by Arizona Mushroom Society members for FREE via the Avenza Maps app. This builds on a library of existing wildfire perimeter maps available to you from 2018 through 2020 wildfires as well.

To access the free Arizona Mushroom Society Burn Morel library and for instructions on how to use these maps, please register for this event and an email with this information will be sent to you.

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