Lakeside Ranger District Conducting Slash Pile Burning Week of January 17 (Weather Permitting)

Lakeside Ranger District burning slash piles

Lakeside, AZ –January 13, 2016; —The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests’ Lakeside Ranger District will be burning slash piles January 17 through 20, if conditions allow. The ignition area is on Timber Knoll just south of Ojo Bonito Estates. Scattered piles will be burned across roughly 50-75 acres of forest land each day. Ignition is planned for four days only and possible smoke impact is anticipated along Highway 60 and within the Vernon Community. In the interest of safety, forest visitors are reminded to use caution when traveling in the vicinity of the pile burn as smoke may reduce visibility in the area.

Prescribed burning provides many benefits and is essential to maintaining healthy forest ecosystems. It provides habitat diversity, recycles plant nutrients into the soil and encourages new growth for a variety of plants used by wildlife and livestock. Prescribed burning of forest ground fuels also reduces the threat of large scale wildfire impacts to private lands. Crews will be on scene from ignition until there is no longer a threat of escape from the project boundaries. Prescribed fire operations are subject to cancelation due to unfavorable weather conditions or other unforeseen circumstance.

For questions or concerns please contact the Lakeside Ranger District at (928) 368-2100, or dial 311 to reach the Northeastern Arizona Public Information System. Also, check out our website at www.fs.usda.gov/asnf or follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/apachesitgreavesnfs/.

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***UPDATE*** NCSO Looking for Two Runaway Juveniles

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1/10/17 – 3:30 PM – Both Ashlyn Maki and Trinity Alsenay have been located and are fine. Thank you for your assistance!

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Navajo County Sheriff’s Office is attempting to locate a runaway juvenile female, Ashlyn Maki from New Mexico. Ashlyn is 15 years old, 5’2″ and weighs between 115-125lbs. She was last seen near Pinetop-Lakeside wearing a Grey coat, jeans and grey shoes. Ashlyn has bleached her hair blond from dark brown in an attempt to change her appearance.

She is possibly in the company of Trinity Alsenay, a 16 year old Native American male, who is also listed as a runaway. Trinity is 6’1″ and weighs 180lbs with black hair and brown eyes. Trinity was also last seen near Pinetop-Lakeside, where he lives, wearing jeans, a white hoodie sweatshirt with neon blue and green stripes and purple Nike shoes.

Both may still be in the area. Please contact the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office if you have any information (928) 524-4050

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***UPDATE***UPDATE***UPDATE***

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Luana has been located safe and sound. Thank you for your assistance!

******MISSING JUVENILE*******

Show Low Police are asking for assistance in locating a missing juvenile, Luana Kai. Luana is 11 years old with brown hair and brown eyes and wearing a blue and white long sleeve shirt and jeans. She is 4 foot tall and weighs 60 pounds. She was last seen leaving her residence in the area of Old Linden Road. Officials are concerned due to the cold temperatures. If you have any information please contact Show Low Police Department at 928-537-4365.

Updates will be posted as we have more details.

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