Fire Treatments to Begin Near Payson
Incident: Prescribed Burns 2018 Prescribed Fire
Current weather conditions may provide the Tonto National Forest an opportunity to burn vegetative debris piles in the Tonto Creek area 15 miles northeast of Payson.
Fire specialists will begin eliminating 76 acres of piles in the Zane Grey area beginning Wednesday,
July 26, through Thursday, July 27, 2017. During the day, smoke will impact the Tonto Fish Hatchery as well as the Zane Grey and Tonto Creek Estates communities. Residual smoke in the evening hours will impact Tonto Creek Estates, Kohls Ranch and Bear Flat. Smoke may linger in these areas through Friday, July, 28, 2017.
Residents and visitors to these areas can expect to see and smell moderate-to-heavy amounts of smoke at times during these operations. 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. Forest officials urge motorists to use caution and slow down while driving Forest Service Road 289 near the Tonto Fish Hatchery for the safety of the public and firefighters.
In 2001, the Payson Ranger District began implementation of a long-range, fuels reduction strategy. The 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.