Lakeside Ranger District plans multiple Prescribed Burns

Springerville, AZ, November 20, 2017 – For Immediate Release. The Lakeside Ranger District is planning on burning Redhead Marsh, Polishing Ponds and Jacques Marsh, weather permitting, starting today, Monday, November 20. The burn is approximately 60 acres. Minimal smoke impact is expected and may be visible from Arizona State Highway 77, U.S. Highway 60, Show Low, Pinetop-Lakeside and Linden.

Prescribed burn locations:

Redhead Marsh: Located three miles northwest of Show Low on the west side of AZ State Highway 77, near Telephone Lake.
Polishing Ponds: Located three miles north of Show Low on the west side of AZ State Highway 77, near Telephone Lake.
Jacques Marsh: Located one mile north of Lakeside on the west side of Penrod Road.
This prescribed burn is in cooperation with Arizona Game and Fish, the City of Show Low and the Town of Pinetop-Lakeside. The burn will benefit wildlife, the wetland and riparian ecosystems using prescribed fire to reduce dead fuels and stimulate new growth of wetland vegetation.

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 there is no longer a threat of escape from the project boundaries.

Questions or concerns contact The Lakeside Ranger District at (928) 368-2100 or by calling 311 or (928) 333-3412. Also, check out the ASNFs website at: www.fs.usda.gov/asnf

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