Vernon, AZ (12/11/2020) – The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management plans to begin a two-day pile burn project near the Vernon Cemetery, in Apache County, starting Monday.

The project consists of burning off 40 debris piles leftover from previous fuels mitigation work in the area. Pile burning is a more efficient way of reducing remaining fuels to protect communities in the area from wildfires. Ignitions are set to begin the morning of Monday, Dec. 14, and go through Tuesday, Dec. 15. Once ignitions are completed, engine crews will monitor piles through the rest of the week and into the weekend.
Smoke will be visible from U.S. 60 between Show Low and Springerville with possible smoke impacts to the community of Vernon.

All prescribed burns are weather dependent and must have prior approval from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.

Burn updates can be found on the agency’s social media channels, including Facebook and Twitter.

For more information, contact Tiffany Davila at 602-540-1036 or by email at tdavila@dffm.az.gov


BIA Ft. Apache Agency – Slash Pile Burning

Fort Apache Agency Fire Management and White Mountain Apache Tribal Forestry staff plan to burn slash piles starting December 10, 2020 and throughout the weekend within the Hop Canyon burn unit. The Hop Canyon burn unit is located about 10 miles south of Show Low and northeast of the Limestone Lookout Tower. A total of 800 acres of slash piles are targeted to be treated within this burn unit.

Conditions are evaluated each day to determine if ignition will take place. Precipitation, wind, temperature, fuel moisture and staffing all play a part in when and whether ignition occurs. Nearby residents should expect smoke in the vicinity particularly along Highway 60 and drivers should pay extra attention while traveling through or adjacent to burn areas.

All Prescribed Fire activity will be carefully monitored and will comply with smoke management guidelines to reduce the impact of smoke on local residents. If conditions become unfavorable prescribed burning efforts will be ceased to mitigate smoke impacts to the communities.

If you have any questions regarding our upcoming prescribed burning efforts, you can call Candy Lupe, Public Information Officer at (928) 205-5662 or you can log onto BIA Fort Apache Agency’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/BIAFAAFireMgt.

Prescribed Burn Planned on the Springerville Ranger District Starting Wednesday, December 9

SPRINGERVILLE, AZ, December 07, 2020 – The Springerville Ranger District on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests will be conducting a prescribed burn within the Wallow West Prescribed Burn area starting Wednesday, December 9th, as weather conditions allow.

Unit 2A of the Wallow West Prescribed Burn area is located south of Big Lake, between Forest Roads 249E, 68, 24, and north of the Indian Springs trail. The total unit includes 1,495 acres. Fire managers have prioritized approximately 700 acres to be completed. Breaking larger burn areas into smaller acreages often limits the amount of smoke that impacts an area.

Ignition is scheduled to start early in the morning and lasts for one day. Fire crews will be on scene from the beginning of ignitions until there is no longer a threat of escape from the project boundaries.

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 various plants used by wildlife and livestock. Prescribed burning of forest ground fuels also reduces the threat of large-scale wildfire impacts on private lands.

Smoke will be visible from Hwy 260, 273, and the communities of Greer, Nutrioso, Springerville, and Eagar. All prescribed burns are approved through the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) before ignitions begin. 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 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. To find helpful resources visit the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/asnf/fire.

The public can obtain additional information via the following:
• Local Ranger Station: Springerville RD (928) 333-6200
• 311 Information at (928) 333-3412
• Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/asnf
• Twitter: https://twitter.com/A_SNFs
• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/apachesitgreavesnfs