Lakeside Ranger District plans multiple Prescribed Burns

Springerville, AZ, November 20, 2017 – For Immediate Release. The Lakeside Ranger District is planning on burning Redhead Marsh, Polishing Ponds and Jacques Marsh, weather permitting, starting today, Monday, November 20. The burn is approximately 60 acres. Minimal smoke impact is expected and may be visible from Arizona State Highway 77, U.S. Highway 60, Show Low, Pinetop-Lakeside and Linden.

Prescribed burn locations:

Redhead Marsh: Located three miles northwest of Show Low on the west side of AZ State Highway 77, near Telephone Lake.
Polishing Ponds: Located three miles north of Show Low on the west side of AZ State Highway 77, near Telephone Lake.
Jacques Marsh: Located one mile north of Lakeside on the west side of Penrod Road.
This prescribed burn is in cooperation with Arizona Game and Fish, the City of Show Low and the Town of Pinetop-Lakeside. The burn will benefit wildlife, the wetland and riparian ecosystems using prescribed fire to reduce dead fuels and stimulate new growth of wetland vegetation.

All prescribed burns are approved through the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) before ignitions begin. The ADEQ monitors air quality and determines whether or not it will be a good day for smoke dispersion. Breaking larger burn areas into smaller acreages often limits the amount of smoke that impacts an area. Although smoke from prescribed fire can still be a nuisance, it is usually for a shorter time and considerably less smoke than wildfires produce. If you are sensitive to smoke or have respiratory problems, stay indoors if possible.

Crews will be on scene from the beginning of ignitions until there is no longer a threat of escape from the project boundaries.

Questions or concerns contact The Lakeside Ranger District at (928) 368-2100 or by calling 311 or (928) 333-3412. Also, check out the ASNFs website at: www.fs.usda.gov/asnf

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Wind Advisory for Friday 11/17/17

11/16/17 – The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for Northeast Arizona including the Mogollon Rim and White Mountains.‬

‪Winds will increase in speed throughout the day on Friday. Gusty winds will develop by late morning and will continue through the early evening hours.

Wind speeds of 30-35 mph with gusts over 45 mph are expected.‬

Strong winds will create difficult driving conditions for high profile vehicles. There is the potential for localized blowing dust.

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Prescribed Fire in Whitcom Unit Northeast of Pinetop November 14-17

Springerville, AZ, November 14, 2017 – For Immediate Release. The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests’ Lakeside Ranger District will continue burning the 3,960 acre prescribed burn within the Whitcom unit, weather dependent, north east of the community of Pinetop. The district has completed approximately 3,100 acres. Fire management proposes to burn an estimated 1,000 additional acres to complete this phase of the project from November 14 through November 17.

The Whitcom Unit is located northeast of Pinetop, along Forest Service Roads 182, 283, 283A and 185.

Ignition may last several days, with daily smoke impact anticipated within area drainages. Smoke will be visible in the local area, from Arizona State Highway 260 and 77, and U.S. Highway 60, in Pinetop – Lakeside, Vernon, McNary and Show Low. Motorists are advised to drive safely when approaching areas where prescribed fire activities may limit visibility and hinder fire personnel operations.

Crews will be on scene from ignition until there is no longer a threat of escape from the project boundaries. Be alert for the increased possibility of falling trees following the application of fire within the project area.

Prescribed burning provides many benefits and is essential to maintaining healthy forest ecosystems. This prescribed fire is a follow up to previous mechanical treatments within parts of the unit. 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. This will provide protection for the adjacent private land as well as the community of Pinetop Country Club and Sky High Retreat.

For questions or concerns please contact the Lakeside Ranger District at (928) 368-2100, or dial 311 for the Northeastern Arizona Public Information System.

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