10/31/14 – Southwest winds will increase today, localized gusts of 35 to 45 MPH are possible late tonight in the Doney Park and House Rock Valley areas. For Saturday, southwest winds will increase further as a Pacific storm system moves into the region. Wind gusts in the 35 to 50 MPH range are expected Saturday especially along and north of the Mogollon Rim. Areas of blowing dust could develop in northeast Arizona.
In addition to the winds this storm will bring rain and snow showers to many areas of northern and central Arizona through the weekend and into early next week. Mainly isolated rain showers are expected Saturday with much colder air bringing snow levels down below 7000 feet by Sunday and Monday. A few areas above 6500 feet may even see a light dusting of snow Sunday through early Monday. The higher elevations of the Kaibab Plateau and the San Francisco Peaks could see 1 to 3 inches of snow.
10/29/14 – Springerville Ranger District has been conducting prescribed burns this week. The planned area is the Greer Wildland Urban Interface which is located west of Greer, AZ between Forest Road (FR) 87 and FR 112. Springerville Ranger District fire crews will be doing broadcast burns. All prescribed fire activity is dependent on personnel availability, weather – including winds and ventilation, and approval from the ADEQ (www.azdeq.gov).
To be added to a smoke notification call list for this occurrence, contact the Springerville Ranger District at 928-333-6200. http://www.azdeq.gov/function/programs/wildfire.html#smoke.
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.