Forest Service to hold Community Meeting

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.

For more information on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests and its district offices, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/asnf , follow us on Twitter @A_SNFs or join the conversation on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/apachesitgreavesnfs/.

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Smoke from Seasonal Prescribed Burns

9/27/18 – Prevailing winds are causing smoke from prescribe fires to drift and will be settling in low lying areas during over the next several days. There are several prescribe burn projects currently and the smoke that is impacting northeast region is likely coming from the Cragin Prescribe Burn project.

Many agencies throughout the state will be using prescribed burns over the next several weeks. Any unplanned fires started by lightning or human will be reported in addition to updates on prescribe fires that we will be posting through out the upcoming weeks.

 

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Cinder Fire

Springerville, AZ—September 27, 2018– The lightning caused Cinder Fire on the Springerville Ranger District of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests is about 300 acres. It is burning north of State Route (SR) 260 between FR 8538 and the cinder pit. Fuel types are grass, pine mix and fir.
It will be monitored and patrolled, natural fires when introduced into the forests create a resilient and healthy forest. Natural fire is one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems.
Smoke will be produced by the Cinder Fire and it may be visible from SR 260, SR 261, and the communities of Vernon, Greer, Round Valley, and at Greens Peak. Smoke inversion happens on clear, cold, still evenings like those that we are having this time of year. It is heavy and tends to sit close to the ground in low lying areas, especially under low wind conditions.

For more information on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests and its district offices, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/asnf , follow us on Twitter @A_SNFs or join the conversation on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/apachesitgreavesnfs/.

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