PAYSON, Arizona, October 26, 2018—For Immediate Release. Depending on weather conditions, Tonto National Forest fire specialists plan to burn vegetative debris piles in one of two locations within the Payson Ranger District October 29 thru November 1.
One plan would involve burning 300 acres in the Colcord Estates area; the other plan would involve burning 296 acres near Erosion Tank, which is located east of Bray Creek Ranch. Tonto officials emphasize that burning will take place in one location only after officials analyze each location’s microclimate - the local set of atmospheric conditions that differ from those in surrounding areas.
In addition to the Colcord Estates area, smoke would impact Ponderosa Springs, Woods Canyon Lake, and Forest Lakes during the day. During the evening, smoke would impact Haigler Creek, 13 Ranch, Colcord Estates, Ponderosa Springs, and the OW Ranch.
Prescribed fire treatments near Erosion Tank would occur north of Control Road 64, east of the 438 Road, and west of the 32 Road. Smoke would impact Washington Park, Rim Trail, Verde Glen, Bray Creek, Whispering Pines, and Shadow Rim Girl Scout Ranch during the day. In the evening, smoke would impact Geronimo Estates, Beaver Valley, Whispering Pines, Cold Springs, and Flowing Springs.
The following applies to either fire treatment location.
Residents and visitors can expect to see and smell heavy smoke during the four-day operation.
Residual smoke may linger thru November 5.
To minimize the impact of smoke, fire personnel will end ignitions each day by 3:30 pm.
Signs will be posted on roads likely to be affected by smoke. Forest officials urge motorists to use caution and slow down while driving these roads for the safety of the public and firefighters.
Prescribed fire treatments allow for protection of valuable natural and cultural resources, while diminishing danger to the public and firefighters.