Tonto National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2324 E. McDowell Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85006
PAYSON, Ariz. Nov. 23, 2018—For Immediate Release. Depending on weather conditions and prescribed fire requirements, Tonto National Forest fire specialists plan to burn ground fuels in one of two locations within the Payson Ranger District November 26 thru December 1.
One plan would involve burning 316 acres of vegetative debris piles in the Colcord Estates area and another 236 acres near the Erosion Tank area north of Control Road 64 and the Whispering Pines community.
The second plan would be a broadcast burn on 1,779 acres north of Control Road 64 and Whispering Pines and the Verde Glen area.
Tonto officials emphasize that burning will take place in one location only after analyzing each location’s conditions, including fuel moisture, temperature, wind and humidity.
During the day, smoke may impact Shadow Rim Girl Scout Ranch, Rim Trail, Ponderosa Estates, 13 Ranch, and Gordon Canyon Estates in addition to Whispering Pines, Verde Glen and the Colcord Estates area. During evening hours, smoke will impact Beaver Valley, Freedom Acres, East Verde Estates, Flowing Springs, and Haigler Creek.
Forest officials urge motorists to use caution and slow down while driving these roads for the safety of the public and firefighters.
The following applies to either fire treatment location.
Residents and visitors can expect to see and smell heavy smoke during the four-day operation.
To minimize the impact of smoke, fire personnel will end ignitions each day by 3 pm.
Signs will be posted on roads likely to be affected by smoke.
Prescribed fires allow for protection of valuable natural and cultural resources, while diminishing danger to the public and firefighters.