Prescribed Burns 2017

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Prescribed Burns 2017


Forest Service Schedules Four Precribed Fire Treatments Nov. 27 thru Dec. 8
As part of the Forest’s ongoing strategy to reduce catastrophic wildfire danger in Rim County, Tonto National Forest fire specialists are planning four fire treatments in the Payson and Pleasant. more


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Map of Shoofly Prescribed Burn Area

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Fire managers are planning to conduct several prescribed burn projects during the late summer 2016 through winter 2017, as weather conditions allow.

Prescribed fires are essential for restoring the landscape in our fire-adapted ecosystem, and smoke is an unavoidable byproduct of these vital efforts. Fire managers strive to minimize smoke impacts to the community as much as possible. Burning occurs when winds and other atmospheric conditions will push the majority of smoke away from homes, and fire managers will burn larger areas when conditions permit, to limit the number of days smoke is in the air. Fire managers work closely with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and neighboring forests to monitor air quality.

Fire crews also seek opportunities to use excess material from thinning projects around the community instead of burning it whenever possible. However, this doesn't remove all of the material necessary to restore the landscape. Fire is a natural and necessary part of this ecosystem, and a restoration tool that cannot be replaced by any mechanical means. Forests need the frequent, low-intensity fire to remove accumulated smaller trees and shrubs, and recycle nutrients into the soils to promote healthy vegetation and wildlife habitat. A healthier forest is a safer forest for firefighters and residents when wildfires inevitably occur.

Notifications of upcoming prescribed burns are provided regularly throughout the season. The public can find this information on
Tonto News webpage, @TontoNF on Twitter, or by calling the Tonto National Forest at 928-474-7900.

Planned Prescribed Burns
Additional prescribed burn projects will be added to this list as the information becomes available.

Four Fire Treatments Scheduled in Payson, Pleasant Valley Ranger Districts - Clay Springs and Cherry Creek Burn - completed. Bear Canyon and Whispering Pines - cancelled. because of predicted weather.
Treatments to occur Nov. 27 thru Dec. 8 near Clay Springs, Cherry Creek, Bear Canyon and Whispering Pines

Heavy Smoke Advisory for Clay Springs Area - Cancelled
1,479-acre broadcast prescribed burn in the Clay Springs Area - 11/6 - 8/2017

Large Prescribed Fire Treatment Slated just North of Payson - Cancelled
2,000-acres treatment in the Shoofly area, 10/10-20/2017

Treatments to Continue Near Payson in August - 8/1 Update - Conditions too wet. Will check conditions in mid-August
98-acre pile burn in Tonto Creek Area

Treatment Slated to Begin near Payson - 7/27 update - Burning continues
76-acre pile burn around Zane Grey Community

Treatment Slated for Whispering Pines 2/22 Update - Conditions too wet
291-acre pile burns 2 miles west of the Community of Whispering Pines

Treatments Slated for Zane Grey and South of SR 260
76-acre pile burn around Zane Grey community
115-acres pile burn between Christopher Creek Campground and Hunter Creek east of Payson

Prescribed Fire Treatments to Continue Near Payson - 2/9 Update - Conditions not ideal
100-acre pile burn around Tonto Creek Estates

Prescribed Fire Treatments to Continue Near Payson - 2/2 Update - Conditions too wet
78-acre pile burn near Zane Grey Community
Potential 100-acre pile burn near Tonto Creek Estates

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Tonto National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Phoenix, AZ 85006

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Carrie Templin
Phone: 602-225-5290
Hours: M-F 8:00 - 4:30

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