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Tonto National Forest Rx Burns 2018

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contact

John Scaggs
Phone: 602-225-5292
Hours: M-F 7:00 am - 3:30 pm

Highlighted Activity

11/30/2018 Pile burns planned on Payson Ranger District
PHOENIX, Nov. 30, 2018—For Immediate Release. Fire managers on the Payson Ranger District plan to burn debris piles starting Monday, Dec. 3 and continuing through Friday, Dec. 7 as conditions...
News - 11/30/2018
smoke from prescribed fire on Payson Ranger District, from FR 300Image options: [ Full Size ]

Prescribed fires are essential tools for restoring the forest 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. They burn when winds and other atmospheric conditions will push the majority of smoke away from homes; they will burn larger sections at a time to limit the number of days smoke is in the air, and they work closely with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, as well as neighboring forests to monitor air quality.

Crews also seek opportunities to use slash from thinning projects around the community instead of burning it. It is often used s filler at the landfill and offered as firewood to community members. Forests need the frequent, low intensity fire to remove accumulated smaller fuels 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 occur.

Notification of upcoming prescribed burns are provided throughout the season. The public can find this information on Tonto News & Events, @TontoForest on Twitter.

Pile Burning north of Payson, Dec. 3-7
Potential burning locations include:

Colcord Estates - 300 acres, duration of two-three days.
Verde Glen - 395 acres, duration of three days.
Diamond Point Lookout Tower - 71 acres, one-day operation.
Beaver Valley Estates - 40 acres, one-day operation.
West of Highway 87 - 71 acres, one-day operation.
Bonita Creek - 20 acres, one-day operation.

Broadcast Burning north of Payson, Nov. 26-30
600 acres completed

Broadcast Burning north of Payson, Nov. 14 & Nov. 15
1,002-acres planned, 558 acres completed

Broadcast Burning near Strawberry, Nov. 5 - Nov. 9 - Postponed due to unfavorable conditions
640-acres planned

Pile Burning - October 29 - November 1 - Postponed due to unfavorable weather conditions
300-acre pile burning near Colcord Estates OR
296-acre pile burning near Erosion Tank

Pile Burning near Tonto Village
224-acre pile burning completed

Pile Burning near Tonto Creek Estates
74-acre pile burning complete for today, 30-acres completed on Wednesday

Pile Burning near Pyeatt Draw and 29 Roads - Ignition completed 7/19
206 acres of piles have been completed. Smoke may linger in the area.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypePrescribed Fire
Date of OriginMonday November 05th, 2018 approx. 07:00 AM
LocationNorth of Payson
Coordinates34.392 latitude, -111.289 longitude

Current Situation

Size500 Acres
Fuels Involved

juniper, grass and vegetative debris piles



600 acres were accomplished Nov. 27 and 28