Prescribed Burn to start on June 5, 2019


Prescribed Burn to start June 5, 2019 within Section 20 Tank Unit

Lakeside, AZ, June 3, 2019 — The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest’s Lakeside Ranger District will be conducting a prescribed burn within the Section 20 Tank Unit. This area is part of the Los Burros broadcast burn area, south of Vernon and will start June 5, 2019 and continue through June 12, 2019, weather dependent.

This 1,400 acre unit is about four miles south of Vernon, along Apache County Road 3140. The burn is surrounded by Forest Service Road (FSR) 8, Apache County Road 3140, FSR 6, FSR 6E, FSR 6D and FSR 96. The legal description is: T9N, R25E Sections 15, 17, 18, 19, 20 and 29.

Ignition may last several days with daily smoke impact anticipated within area drainages. Smoke will be visible in the local area, from Arizona State Highway 260, and U.S. Highway 60, in Round Valley, Vernon and Show Low. In the interest of safety, forest visitors are reminded to obey all traffic signs and use caution when traveling in the vicinity of prescribed burn units as firefighters and fire-related traffic may be in the area. Visitors are reminded to use caution when traveling in the vicinity of prescribed burns as smoke may reduce visibility in the area.

Prescribed burning provides many benefits and is essential to maintaining healthy forest ecosystems. This area has received some forest thinning within the past three to eight years. This burn continues the needed restoration efforts. It provides habitat diversity, recycles plant nutrients into the soil and encourages new growth for a variety of plants used by wildlife and livestock. Prescribed burning of forest ground fuels also reduces the threat of large scale wildfire impacts. This prescribed burn is in cooperation with Arizona Game and Fish and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

This will provide protection for the community of Vernon from wildfires that start southeast of town.

Crews will be on scene from ignition until there is no longer a threat of escape from project boundaries.

 For questions or concerns please contact the Lakeside Ranger District at (928) 368-2100, or dial 311 to reach the Northeastern Arizona Public Information System.  Also, check out our website at or follow us on Facebook at .

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**UPDATE*** John Thomas – Armed Suspect in Fawnbrook Area of Show Low

Show Low Police Department has advised that John Russell Thomas has been located and is in custody. Any further updates will be posted as they are received.

Show Low Police received a call of gunshots and people screaming on 6-4-19 at approximately 0346 hrs in the Fawnbrook area of Show Low.
Officers learned the suspect (John Thomas, 29 years old) had been involved in a domestic violence assault with his girlfriend. This is when the first victim tried to intercede and was shot. A second victim then also tried to intercede and was also shot.

The suspect fled the area and police are still trying to locate him. He should be considered armed and dangerous. Suspect was last seen wearing a black Rascal Flatts t-shirt, blue jeans and black combat style boots. He is approximately 6 ft 2 in tall, 188 lbs with brown hair and blue eyes with a full beard.

Both victims were transported and ultimately flown to the Phoenix area were they are being treated for their injuries at this time.
This is an active scene and investigation. Some businesses in the area may be on lock down and please limit your travel in the affected area. If you happen to see the suspect, do not confront him. Anyone with information or leads are being asked to call the Show Low Police (928)537-4365.

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Deer Fire Update 6.3.19

Incident Start Date: 5/28/2019  Cause: Lightning/ Natural Size: 335 acres Containment: 0%
Incident Type: Wildfire Vegetation Type: Timber & Short Grass Suppression Strategy: Confine & Point Zone Protection, Resources Assigned: Engines: 4, Crews: 2
Total Personnel: 39 personnel, Black Mesa Hotshots & Fort Apache Crew

Current Situation: On May 28, 2019, Fire managers received a report of smoke in the vicinity of Campbell Blue drainage west of Luce Ranch. Due to safety concerns from the overabundance of snags from the 2011 Wallow Fire, as well as steep slopes, this naturally occurring low intensity fire is currently being monitored by both onsite crews as well as air resources. The lightening caused fire will continue consumption of unburned fuels with growth to the south and west.
Today’s Plan: Fire personnel will continue to focus on protection of Luce Ranch, power-lines and monitor perimeter growth. Construction of containment lines from Luce Ranch, west to Forest Road 8882 and from the fires’ southern edge, south to Forest Road 58H started today and will continue until in place (see map). These containment lines, once in place, allow for the safest monitoring and containment of the fire in its current state.
Smoky Conditions Remain in the Area: Smoke from the Deer Fire may be visible from Arizona State Highway 191, south of Alpine and in the vicinity of Campbell Blue. Light smoke may continue to impact Campbell Blue and the Blue community.
Visitor Information: If you are sensitive to smoke, visit the Arizona Department of Health Services website at
for additional information regarding the dangers of wildfire and prescribed burn smoke and wildfire preparedness.
Closures and Restrictions: Motorists are asked to be aware of fire crews and drive carefully through the area.
Road and Trail Closures: none

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