Diamond Point and Meads Ranch Areas Slated for Prescribed Fire Treatments
Incident: Prescribed Burns 2018 Prescribed Fire
PHOENIX, December 2, 2016—For Immediate Release. Tonto National Forest fire specialists will resume burning the remaining 100 acres of vegetative debris piles in the Diamond Point area. This burning operation is expected to go from Monday, December 5 through Wednesday, December 7, 2016. During the day, smoke will impact the Diamond Point Summer Homes. Residual smoke in the evening will move down Pyeatt Draw and the East Verde drainage.
Fire personnel will also burn up to 130 acres of vegetative debris piles on the south side of the Meads Ranch area on Wednesday, December 7 and Thursday, December 8, 2016. During the day, smoke will impact Long and Mead ranches. Residual smoke in the evening will impact Diamond Point and Ellison Creek summer homes, and Tonto Creek.
Residents and visitors to the area can expect to see and smell moderate amounts of smoke during these burning operations. To minimize the impact of smoke, fire specialists will terminate ignitions by 3:00 p.m. each day. Signs will be posted on roads likely to be affected by smoke. Motorists are urged to use caution and slow down for the safety of firefighters and the public. Smoke may linger in the area through
Sunday, December 11, 2016.
Prescribed fire treatments are always dependent on conditions being within prescription which includes: wind speed and direction, temperature, relative humidity, fuel moisture content, and other variables. Prescribed fire gives land managers the important option of treating areas with fire under favorable conditions, which helps to protect the natural and cultural resources, while decreasing danger to the public and firefighters. The growth, rate of spread, and smoke from an RX fire treatment is closely monitored. Aggressive suppression actions are taken if the fire displays behavior that does not meet resource management objectives.