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
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.
|Current as of|
|Incident Type||Prescribed Fire|
|Date of Origin||Monday November 05th, 2018 approx. 07:00 AM|
|Location||North of Payson|
|Coordinates||34.392 latitude, -111.289 longitude|
juniper, grass and vegetative debris piles
600 acres were accomplished Nov. 27 and 28