Prescribed Fire Treatments Continue Near Payson, Dec 8-9, 2016
Incident: Prescribed Burns 2018 Prescribed Fire
PAYSON, Arizona, December 8, 2016—For Immediate Release. The Tonto National Forest will continue conducting prescribed fire treatments in areas around Payson on Thursday, December 8 through Friday, December 9, 2016. Current weather conditions are providing an opportunity to burn vegetative debris piles in the Colcord lookout tower area. Tonto National Forest fire specialists will begin eliminating 248 acres of piles in this area. Residents and visitors to the area can expect to see and smell moderate-to-heavy amounts of smoke during the three-day prescribed fire treatment.
During the day, smoke will impact the communities of Colcord Estates and Ponderosa Estates. Residual smoke in the evening hours will impact Haigler Creek, Colcord Estates, and Ponderosa Estates. Smoke may linger in these areas through the weekend.
Fire specialists will terminate ignitions by 3 p.m. each day to minimize the impact of smoke. Signs will be posted on roads likely to be affected by smoke. Motorists are urged to use caution and slow down while driving through these areas and slow down for the safety of the public and firefighters.
Prescribed fire treatments are always dependent on conditions such as 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 a prescribed fire treatment is closely monitored. Aggressive suppression actions are taken if the fire displays behavior that does not meet resource management objectives.
In 2001, the Payson Ranger District began implementation of a far-reaching, long-range, landscape-scale, three-pronged fuels reduction strategy. The achievable goal is to reduce catastrophic wildfire danger in Rim Country, to initiate the restoration of natural ecological systems, and to develop and foster sustainable forest conditions, wildlife habitat, and watersheds.