Alpine Ranger District Plans Broadcast Burn

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.

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Springerville Ranger District Prescribed Burn Scheduled

Springerville, AZ October 29, 2018 The Springerville Ranger District on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests plan to conduct a 300 acre prescribed fire operation Thursday, Nov 1st, 2018 in the Wallow West Prescribed area; Township 7N, Range 28 East to Township 6N, Range 28 East. Ignition is dependent on the weather.

The terminology used for the type of prescribed burn on Thursday is called a blackline. A blackline is used to reinforce a containment line. The containment line will be needed for the future prescribed burn operation in the Wallow West Prescribed Unit, 1A. The total acreage for the blackline is 300 acres. The total acreage for the Wallow West Prescribed Unit, 1A is just over 10,000 acres. The prescribed burn for the Wallow West Prescribed Unit, 1A is planned for the future, however, because burns are dependent on the weather, no date is available at this time. The Wallow West Prescribed area project will help reduce the fuels from the Wallow Fire.

Once ignition occurs, crews will be on scene from ignition until there is no longer a threat of escape from the project boundaries. The burn may be canceled by fire managers if conditions become unfavorable.

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 Springerville Ranger District at 928-333-6200 or visit the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest’s website at: www.fs.usda.gov/asnf

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Black Mesa Ranger District Plans to Burn Brush Pits

Springerville, AZ—October 19, 2018 – The Black Mesa Ranger District on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests plans to conduct a prescribed burn at the Black Mesa Ranger District in Township 12N, Range 17 East, and Section 32 just south of State Route (SR) 260 starting Monday, October 22, 2018.
Smoke will be seen from SR 260 and within the Overgaard Community. There may be light to moderate impacts within the area throughout the remainder of the week and should decrease significantly each evening after the primary ignition occurs.
The district also plans to burn the community brush pile in Forest Lakes on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 located on the north side of Forest Lakes in Township 11N, Range 14 East, and Section 12 off of Forest Road 99A. This pile burn will occur quarterly throughout the year from now on unless it is determined that more material is piled within the pit and needs to be burned before then.
Smoke may be seen from SR 260, and will be seen from within the northern portion of the Forest Lakes Community. There may be light to moderate impacts within the area throughout the remainder of the week and should decrease significantly each evening after the primary ignition occurs.
Once ignition occurs, crews will be on scene from ignition until there is no longer a threat of escape from the project boundaries.
For more information contact the Black Mesa Ranger District 928-535-7300

Please see the attached map

Black Mesa RD Brush Pit

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