Prescribed Burns – Springerville & Black Mesa Ranger Districts

10/14/14 – Springerville Ranger District is doing some pile burning on Forest Road 24, Forest Road 68 and Pole Knoll Recreation Area. They are planning to conduct these burns throughout the week.

The Black Mesa Ranger District is also taking advantage of the great weather to conduct pile burning in the Nagle Analysis area, which is a wilderness area.

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Springerville Ranger District planning prescribed burns

Springerville, AZ—October 8, 2014; The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests fire managers on the Springerville Ranger District are planning to conduct a prescribed burn during the week of October 13, 2014 weather conditions permitting.

The planned area is on Board Shack Knoll which is located southwest of Greer, AZ and smoke may be visible on AZ State Hwy 260. If weather conditions do not permit the burn in the area of Board Shack Knoll, the team will be burning district-wide piles. Pile burns require more moisture in the surrounding vegetation and are usually conducted when snow is on the ground or after considerable rain. Piles consist of the slash from forest thinning projects, which include small logs and branches. Pile burning usually produces less smoke than broadcast burns.

All prescribed fire activity is dependent on personnel availability, weather – including winds and ventilation, and approval from the ADEQ (www.azdeq.gov).

Fire managers make every effort to minimize smoke impacts to the communities while continuing to address the critical need to reduce the risk of severe wildfires around those communities. Tactics to keep smoke impacts as minimal as possible include canceling approved burns when conditions aren’t favorable, finding alternative uses for the debris in slash piles, timing daytime ignitions to allow the majority of smoke time to disperse prior to settling overnight, and burning larger sections at a time when conditions are favorable to reduce the overall number of days smoke is in the area.

For more information about the prescribed burn, please contact the Springerville Ranger District at 928-333-6200 or contact the Northeastern Arizona Public Information line by dialing 311 for Verizon customers; *311 for Cell One Customers or by calling 928-333-3412, which has daily prescribed burn schedules and any wildfires that might be occurring.

For more information on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests and its district offices, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/asnf.

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Chance of showers today!

10/8/14 – Chances for showers will increase across northern Arizona today as moisture associated with the remnants of what is now post-tropical cyclone Simon interacts with a trough moving across the state. Areas of heavy rain and localized flooding are possible, mainly south of Interstate 40. A few thunderstorms could also develop but strong thunderstorms are not currently expected.

For Thursday the area of heaviest precipitation is expected to shift eastward roughly along and east of a line from Payson to Window Rock. Thunderstorm coverage is expected to increase on Thursday due to greater instability with the passing trough.

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