3/28/15 – The Springerville Ranger District is taking advantage of warm days and cool nights, which offer better ventilation for smoke, to begin a prescribed burn on Monday, March 30. The location is northwest of Greens Peak Hideaways in the Mallory Springs and Cerro Trigo areas (T9N/R26E/Sections 1, 2, and 11-14)
Crews will be on scene from the beginning of ignitions until dark and though the weekends monitoring fire containment.
For questions or concerns please contact the Springerville Ranger District at (928)333-6200. For updates call 311 or (928)333-3412. Information can also be found at Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest website at: www.fs.usda.gov/asnf.
3/20/2015 – As you may have heard today is the first day of Spring! Along with spring cleaning inside your house don’t forget to tidy up outside. Clearing the area around your home and making “defensible space” is crucial to aid in saving your home from devastating wildfires. There is still time to obtain burn permits and take care of any debris that has built up around your property, irrigation ditches or weeds before the winds pick up. If you are planning to get some spring cleaning done make sure to contact your local fire department, police department or if your residence does not fall under a fire district contact your county or tribal emergency management department for more information. You MUST call before burning to make sure it is safe. Always keep a source of water nearby with a shovel and plenty of dirt, keep piles small and you are required to stay with any burning material at all times until it is completely extinguished.
A few departments have permit forms online and most cost nothing or minimal fee to obtain. Below is a list of places or websites to get your burn permit.
Holbrook area – City of Holbrook, 465 1st Avenue
Joseph City – Contact Chief DeSpain at (928)587-5641
Pinetop area – Pinetop Fire Station 110, 1845 S. Pine Lake Rd
Snowflake and Taylor area – Snowflake-Taylor Police Department, 602 S. Main Street
Winslow area – Winslow Fire Department, 215 N. Taylor Ave
Timber Mesa Fire – https://ww04.elbowspace.com/secure/20130611100039599152
Heber-Overgaard Fire – http://www.hofdaz.com/burning-guidelines.html
Navajo County (*outside of any other fire district)
**hours for burning may vary so you much check with your area
While the White Mountains is experiencing warmer weather, and there are no fire restrictions in place, now may be a perfect time to clear away weeds from fences and out of ditches. Look for ways that promote safe and proper disposal of dead vegetation and other unwanted waste.
Before you conduct an open burn, keep in mind any burn permits that may be required for your area. You may contact your local Fire Departments, Police Departments and Emergency Management Departments on where to obtain burn permits.
Before you burn your waste/debris you may want to consider that open burning can produce a lot of smoke and toxic pollutants. Smoke may pose a threat to people with pre-existing conditions such as asthma, children and the elderly. Depending upon the size of the burn and the smoke it generates, it may cause a driving hazard from the smoke haze.
Materials that produce toxic smoke cannot be burned. The State’s open burning rule list these prohibited materials as:
- Chemically treated wood
- Hazardous waste products
- Asphalt shingles
- Waste petroleum products
You may check the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) website at www.azdeq.gov for information on open burning.
We want you to be fire smart and clear your dead vegetation away from your homes and fences before we enter our fire season. While doing so keep in mind these tips:
- Never leave a burn site unattended. Remain at the site until the fire is completely extinguished and have equipment available to control the burn and put out the fire if necessary.
- Have your required burn permit at the burn site
- Burn only dry material
- Maintain a clearance of 50 feet from any structure
- Adhere to all local fire restrictions
Remember, having a burn permit or any burn exemption does not absolve an individual or organization from liability or responsibility for any fire started by the exempted activity.