Tonto National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2324 E. McDowell Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85006
PHOENIX, Nov. 30, 2018—For Immediate Release. Fire managers on the Payson Ranger District plan to burn debris piles starting Monday, Dec. 3 and continuing through Friday, Dec. 7 as conditions allow. The activities could occur in a variety of locations north of Payson. Potential burning locations include:
Colcord Estates – 300 acres, duration of two – three days.
Verde Glen – 395 acres, duration of three days.
Diamond Point Lookout Tower – 71 acres, one-day operation.
Beaver Valley Estates – 40 acres, one-day operation.
West of Highway 87 – 71 acres, one-day operation.
Bonita Creek – 20 acres, one-day operation.
Prescribed burns are conducted within a “prescription” that is determined by appropriate fuel moisture, temperature, humidity, wind, and ventilation. The forecast shows precipitation for the North Zone of the forest which will help prevent fire from spreading into the surrounding vegetation during the pile burns.
Smoke may be heavy at times in these areas and may linger for a few days after ignitions are complete. Crews will end operations at 3 p.m. each day to help minimize smoke impacts. Fire crews will post signs on roads that are likely to be affected by smoke. Forest officials urge motorists to use caution and slow down while driving through these areas for the safety of the firefighters and the public.
The purpose of this fuels reduction work is to lower the threat of high-severity, high-intensity wildfire to the public, adjacent private property and natural resources in the Wildland Urban Interface area that surrounds the communities.