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Winter Prescribed Burns 2017

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INCIDENT UPDATED 2/23/2017

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map of areas around Payson where burning may take place fall 2016 - spring 2017

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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.


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

Prescribed Fire Treatments Continue Near Payson - Burning began Thursday, December 8, 2016
248-acre pile burn in the Colcord Lookout Tower area, Thursday, December 8 - Friday, December 9, 2016

Prescribed Fire Treatments planned at Diamond Point and Meads Ranch - Burning has begun, Monday, December 5, 2016
110-acre pile burn to finish the Diamond Point area, Mon, Dec. 5 - Wed, Dec. 7, 2016, if conditions are favorable.
130-acre pile burn on the south side of Meads Ranch area, Wed, Dec. 7 - Thurs, Dec. 8, 2016, if conditions are favorable.

Prescribed Fire Treatments to Continue Near Payson - 12/1 Update - postponed - Conditions are too wet
174-acre pile burn around the Diamond Point Summer Homes northeast of Payson, Monday, November 28 - Tuesday, November 29, 2016, if conditions are favorable.
248-acre pile burn around Colcord Lookout north of Young, Wednesday, November 30 - Thursday, December 1, 2016, if conditions are favorable.

Prescribed Fire Treatment Slated for the Knolls and Granite Dells - Cancelled - conditions are too dry to burn
115-acre broadcast burn behind Knolls and Granite Dells between Monument Peak and Star Valley - Monday - Wednesday, November 14-16, 2016 if conditions are favorable.

Pile Burning Scheduled Near Payson - Burning has begun Monday, November 7, 2016
Piles around the Diamond Point Lookout northeast of Payson, Monday, November 7 -Wednesday, November 9, 2016, if conditions are favorable.

Prescribed Fire Treatments Slated for Rim Country - burning has begun Monday, October 31, 2016
1,262 acre broadcast burn in Pyeatt Draw area south of FR198, west of FR433, and north of Pyeatt Draw Creek, Monday, October 31 - Friday, November 4, 2016, if weather conditions are favorable.
1,951 broadcast burn on the east side of 512 Road, Young Highway, and FR109 Loop on Monday, October 31 - Friday, November 4, 2016, if weather conditions are favorable.

Prescribed Fire Treatment Planned for Northern Portion of Pleasant Valley Ranger District - burning has begun Wednesday, October 26
Two pits south of Young, AZ, and 420 acre broadcast burn west of the 512 Road, also known as the Young Highway, between Forest Road 411C and Forest Road 128, will be conducted Tuesday through Friday, October 25 - 28, 2016, if weather conditions are favorable.

Prescribed Fire Treatments Slated for Rim County - Cancelled due to unfavorable weather conditions
1,262 acre broadcast burn in the Pyeatt Draw area south of FR198, west of FR433, and north of Pyeatt Draw Creek, will be conducted Monday through Thursday, October 17 through 20, 2016, if weather conditions are favorable.
1,951 acres broadcast burn on the east side of the 512 Road, also known as the Young Highway, and FR109 Loop, will be conducted Monday through Thursday, October 17 - 20, 2016, if weather conditions are favorable.

Pile Burning Around Bonita Creek and Long/Mead Ranch - burning has begun
20 acres of piles will be burned around Bonita Creek, and 35 acres of piles will be burned around Long/Mead Ranch, Friday and Saturday, August 26 and 27, 2016, if weather conditions are favorable.

Pile Burning Around Zane Grey Estates - Update August 12, 2016 - delayed due to changes in weather conditions
80 acres of debris piles will be burned around Zane Grey Estates, Friday or Saturday, August 12 or 13, 2016, if weather conditions are favorable.

Pile Burning Around Christopher/Hunter Creek and Myrtle Point Areas - Update August 11, 2016
40 acres of debris piles burned around Christopher/Hunter Creek area on Monday, August 8, 2016
273 acres of debris piles burned around Myrtle Point area on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 9-10, 2016.


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