Springerville, AZ – December 3, 2018 – The Black Mesa Ranger District on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests plans to conduct a prescribed burn within the Fulton Timber Sale area to the south of Highway 260, West of Forest Road 512, and North of Forest Road 912E. The burn area is located within Township 11N, Range 14 East, and Sections 32 and 33, and Township 10.5N, Range 14E, Sections 23 and 24.
Half of this project area (663 acres) was completed in October of this year. About 500 acres still remain and the district plans to burn on December 4, 2018. The intent is to burn remaining slash piles created from logging operations. Ignition depends on the weather.
Smoke will be seen from Highways 260, the Young Highway (Forest Road 512), and from the community of Forest Lakes. Smoke may also be visible from the Colcord and Ponderosa Estates area below the Mogollon Rim. There may be light to moderate impacts within the area throughout the remainder of the week and should decrease significantly each evening after the primary ignition occurs.
Once ignition occurs, crews will be on scene from ignition until there is no longer a threat of escape from the project boundaries.
The Arizona Department of Transportation is advising motorists that State Route 473 in the White Mountains will close for the winter on Thursday, Nov. 29.
The 10-mile-long state highway east of Pinetop-Lakeside, leading to the Hawley Lake recreational area, will remain closed until next spring.
ADOT closes SR 473 annually as part of the agency’s winter shutdown schedule due to significant amounts of snowfall the White Mountains typically receives.
With a winter storm predicted for the White Mountains this weekend, ADOT reminds motorists to be prepared when driving in the high country during the winter months.
From the National Weather Service, we have received the following information. Please see the attached maps for specific area information regarding wind speeds and snowfall accumulation amounts.
A storm system producing areas of rain, higher elevations snow and strong gusty winds/blowing dust will move across northern Arizona on Thursday and Friday. Snow levels will dip as low as the 5500 foot level on Friday with accumulating snow anticipated for many mountain locations. Winter driving conditions will be an issue with areas of blowing snow, low visibility and slick road conditions.