Tonto National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Phoenix, AZ 85006
PAYSON, Arizona, February 12, 2018—For Immediate Release. Tonto National Forest fire specialists will begin eliminating 20 acres of vegetative debris piles on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, near Pyeatt Draw Road and Control Road 64 in the Myrtle Point area. Residents and visitors to the area can expect to see and smell light amounts of smoke during the one day burning operation. Smoke during the day will impact Diamond Point and Ellison Creek summer homes. Residual smoke will impact Beaver Valley and Cold Springs in the evening. Residual smoke will linger in these areas through Wednesday. February 14, 2018.
Fire specialists will continue eliminating 204 acres of vegetative debris piles west of Tonto Village in the Myrtle Point area starting on Wednesday February 14 through Friday, February 16, 2018. Residents and visitors to the area can expect to see and smell moderate amounts of smoke during the three-day burning operation. During the day and evening hours, smoke will impact Highway 260, Tonto Village, Thompson Draw I and II, and Diamond Point and Ellison Creek summer homes. Residual smoke will linger in these areas through Sunday, February 18, 2018.
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 for the safety of firefighters and the public.
Prescribed fire treatments are always dependent on conditions such as wind speed and direction, temperature, relative humidity, fuel moisture content, and other variables.
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.