Ecks Fire in Vernon Contained

Springerville, AZ –April 16, 2015 @ 5:00 pm

A small fire located on Ecks Mountain (south of the town of Vernon) called the Ecks Fire was reported around 6:55 p.m. on Wednesday. The fire burned an estimated 2.9 acres and was contained at 1:53 a.m. this morning. The cause is unknown and under investigation.

Fire crews from the Lakeside Ranger District, Vernon and Pine Top Fire Departments responded. Crews will mop up and will continue monitoring the area.

Conditions regarding fire restrictions are being monitored and are expected to be implanted in the coming weeks. Officials ask if you are camping in the White Mountains to make sure you bring a shovel and plenty of water to extinguish the fire and don’t leave the area until the coals are cold to the touch. Never leave your campfire unattended.

 For fire information for Greenlee, Apache and Navajo Counties can be found at www.311info.net and by calling 311 or 928-333-3412.

 Check these websites below for more information:

www.311info.net or www.firerestrictions.us or www.fs.usda.gov/asnf

  • http://www.fed.usa.gov/asnf
  • Forecast weather conditions can be found at the National Weather Service webpage http://www.nws.noaa.gov/
  • The ASNFs encourage any visitors to the area to call or stop any of their five Ranger Stations in Clifton, Alpine, Springerville, Lakeside or Heber-Overgaard.
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Strong Cold Front Brings More Wind This Week

04/13/15 3:07 PM

041315 pictureA trough will pass to the north of Arizona on Tuesday and settle to the east of Arizona by midweek. This trough will push a strong cold front across N. Arizona Tuesday night and early Wednesday. Strong winds ahead of the front…gusting 40 to 50 mph…will likely lead to critical fire weather conditions for much of the area along and north of the Mogollon Rim.

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Prescribed burning planned for 600 acres in Greer area

Springerville, AZ –April 8, 2015—The Springerville Ranger District is planning on burning tomorrow weather permitting. They plan to burn approximately 600 acres under the Greer burn plan just north of Arizona State Highways 260 and 373, which is the road leading to Greer.

Smoke will be seen from Round Valley, Arizona State Highway 260, U.S. Highway 60 and along Forest Road 118. The burn is for maintenance and improvement of wildlife habitat and to reduce hazardous fuels.

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 dark and through the weekends monitoring fire containment.

Questions or concerns contact Rob Lever, Springerville Ranger District Fire Management Officer at (928) 333-6203 or by calling 311 or 928-333-3412. Also, check out the ASNFs website at: www.fs.usda.gov/asnf 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 dark and through the weekends monitoring fire containment.

Questions or concerns contact Rob Lever, Springerville Ranger District Fire Management Officer at (928) 333-6203 or by calling 311 or 928-333-3412. Also, check out the ASNFs website at: www.fs.usda.gov/asnf

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