Prescribed burning planned on the Lakeside Ranger District
Springerville, AZ, July 24, 2017 –The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests’ Lakeside Ranger District plans to burn slash piles on roughly 100 acres of forest land July 24 through July 28, weather permitting. Ignition will take place on Timber Knoll just south of Ojo Bonito Estates. Smoke impact is anticipated along Highway 60 and within the Vernon Community. In the interest of safety, forest visitors are reminded to use caution when traveling in the vicinity of the pile burn as smoke may reduce visibility in the area.
Lakeside Ranger District will be burning slash piles today, July 24, if conditions allow. The ignition area is on Apache County Road 3140 and Forest Road 8 just north of Wishbone Mountain. Piles will be burned across roughly five acres of forest land. Ignition is planned for one day only and possible smoke impact is anticipated along Apache County Road 3140. In the interest of safety, forest visitors are reminded to use caution when traveling in the vicinity of the pile burn as smoke may reduce visibility in the area.
Prescribed burning provides many benefits and is essential to maintaining healthy forest ecosystems. 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 to private lands. Crews will be on scene from ignition until there is no longer a threat of escape from the project boundaries.
For questions or concerns please contact the Lakeside Ranger District at (928) 368-2100, dial 311 to reach the Northeastern Arizona Public Information System, check out our website at www.fs.usda.gov/asnf or follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/apachesitgreavesnfs/