The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests are holding a community meeting on Wednesday, October 3, from 6 to 7p.m. at the Supervisor’s Office, 30 South Chiricahua Drive in Springerville.
The Forests will be discussing the upcoming implementation of the Wallow West prescribed burn block, about 10,000 acres south Springerville. This has been in the planning process since the 2011 Wallow Fire. Fire managers are hoping to begin implementation this week, and will be prepping containment lines. The current storm may effect fuel moistures, but the Forests still hope to begin implementation on areas that have remained fairly dry and whose conditions are ideal for burning.
Prescribed burning provides many benefits and is essential to protecting communities and maintaining healthy forest ecosystems. This prescribed fire is within the 2011 Wallow Fire footprint and is designed to reduce fuel loading and maintain low intensity fire within this area.
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