Prescribed burning planned on Springerville Ranger District

Springerville, AZ, February 6, 2018 

The Springerville Ranger District on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests is planning to conduct prescribed fire operations February 7 and 8. The district plans to burn two units, totaling approximately 220 acres, in the vicinity of Whiting Homestead. Personnel will remain on scene monitoring the burn through the weekend as needed.

Ignitions will occur throughout the morning to minimize the adverse effects of smoke on the local communities. Smoke will be visible from Round Valley, Arizona State Highway 260, U.S. Highway 60 and along Forest Road 117. Motorists are advised to drive safely when approaching areas where prescribed fire activities may limit visibility and hinder fire personnel operations.

All prescribed burns are approved through the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) before ignition begins. The ADEQ monitors air quality and determines whether or not it will be a good day for smoke dispersion. Although smoke from prescribed fire can still be noticeable, 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.

Prescribed burning enhances wildlife habitat and watershed conditions, while promoting forest health and protecting communities from the effects of future high severity wildfire.

Questions or concerns contact the Springerville Ranger District at 928-333-6200 or visit the ASNFs website at: www.fs.usda.gov/asnf

 

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Wind Advisory for today January 25

1.25.18 – The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for today beginning around 11:00 am and continuing until around 7:00 this evening. Southwest winds will be 20-30 mph with gusts between 40 to 45.

Winds this high could make driving difficult for high profile vehicles and blowing dust will be possible in valley areas. Make sure to use caution on roads and consider securing loose items on your property to avoid damage.

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Springerville Ranger District burning slash piles

Springerville, AZ –January 24, 2018; —The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests’ Springerville Ranger District will be burning slash piles January 25, 2018. The piles are located west of Greer and Forest Road 87. Scattered piles will be burned across roughly 41 acres of forest land. The slash piles are a product of a recent thinning project intended to reduce hazardous fuels adjacent to the community of Greer. Ignition is planned for one day only. Smoke may be visible in Greer, along State Highway 260, and Forest Road 87. 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.

For questions or concerns please contact the Springerville Ranger District at (928) 333-6200, 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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