The Alpine Ranger District on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests is planning a five-acre broadcast test burn Tuesday, November 13, 2018. If favorable results are achieved after the test burn, the Alpine fire crew will continue with the 454 acre burn in the Chapache Unit (See Map). The units were thinned from 2003-09, with some areas being previously burned. This maintenance burn will reduce build-up of forest fuels and reduce the risk of future catastrophic wildfires in the Alpine and Tal-Wi-Wi communities. Additionally, this area may provide a safe anchor point for firefighters to directly attack a wildfire.
Ignitions will be dependent on weather conditions and occur throughout the mornings, which will minimize the adverse effects of smoke on the local communities. Smoke will be visible from Alpine, along portions of Arizona State Highway 180/191, and portions of Forest Road 249. Motorists are advised to drive safely as smoke may limit visibility. Fire personnel will monitor the burn until it is completely out.
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.
Questions or concerns contact the Alpine Ranger District at 928-339-5000 or visit the ASNFs website at: www.fs.usda.gov/asnf.