Prescribe Burns Planned North of Show Low November 18

SPRINGERVILLE, AZ, November 17, 2020 – The Lakeside Ranger District plans to burn the Show Low polishing ponds and Pintail Lake #2, weather permitting, on Wednesday, November 18th.
In cooperation with Arizona Game and Fish and City of Show Low, Forest Service Fire Managers have prepared approximately 20 acres to be treated near Pintail Lake. This treatment will help wildlife improve and maintain the wetland and riparian ecosystems by reducing dead fuels and stimulating new growth of wetland vegetation.
Prescribed burn locations
• Marsh Burn: Locations are three miles north of Show Low on the east and west side of AZ State Highway 77, near Telephone Lake and at Pintail Lake (T10N, R22E, Sections 5 & 32).
Minimal smoke impact is expected and may be visible from Arizona State Highway 77, U.S. Highway 60, Show Low, and Linden. Fire crews will be on scene from the beginning of ignitions until there is no longer a threat of escape from the project boundaries.
All prescribed burns are approved through the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) before ignitions begin. 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. To find helpful resources visit the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/asnf/fire.
The public can obtain additional information via the following:
• Local Ranger Station: Lakeside RD (928) 368-2100
• 311 Information at (928) 333-3412
• Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/asnf
• Twitter: https://twitter.com/A_SNFs
• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/apachesitgreavesnfs
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Scheduled Pile Burn November 17 on the Springerville Ranger District

SPRINGERVILLE, AZ, November 13, 2020 – Fire Managers on the Springerville Ranger District plan to take advantage of predicted weather to burn piles located off the 1327/3123 junction on Tuesday, November 17th. Ignition is scheduled to start early in the morning and lasts for one day.

The Cerro Trigo Rx burn includes 153 acres consisting of pinyon-juniper, pine, and grassland vegetation types and is targeted to further grassland restoration. Fire personnel will utilize pile burning to remove hazardous and overgrown fuels that had been previously cut. Reducing these hazardous fuels will also help reduce the threat of high severity, high-intensity wildfire to the public.

Burning piles typically produces much lighter smoke than broadcast burning, although some smoke may be visible from Hwy 60 as predicted winds will be out of the south.
In the interest of safety, forest visitors are reminded to obey all traffic signs and use caution when traveling in the vicinity of the burn. Firefighters and fire-related traffic will be in the area.

All prescribed fires activity is dependent on the availability of personnel and equipment, weather, fuels, and conditions that minimize smoke impacts as best as possible and approval from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (www.azdeq.gov).
Individuals sensitive to smoke can learn how to protect their health by visiting resources on the ASNFs website (https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/asnf/fire).

Quick updates of notable fire activity and smoke impacts will also be provided via Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests’ social media sites.

The public can obtain additional information via the following:
• Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/asnf
• Twitter: https://twitter.com/A_SNFs
• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/apachesitgreavesnfs
• Local Ranger Station: Springerville RD (928)333-6200

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Press Release – Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Lifted

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


November 10, 2020
Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Lifted.
Holbrook, AZ – On Monday November 9th, the voting members of the White Mountain Fire Coordinating Group (WMFCG), met to discuss the Stage 1 Fire Restrictions that were enacted late last month. The WMFCG is made up of several organizations, including Apache and Navajo County Emergency Management, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs-Ft. Apache Agency, Bureau of Land Management, Northeast Arizona Fire Chiefs Association and Northeast Arizona Police Association.

The members rely on data such as the number of available firefighting resources, conditions of the forest fuels, weather forecasts, and upcoming events that attract visitors to the region to evaluate the need for entering into or the lifting of restrictions in the unincorporated areas of both counties. The other forest areas such as Apache-Sitgreaves, BIA, BLM and DFFM attempt to coordinate with our restrictions whenever it is prudent to do so.

Just a few weeks ago, the data was showing huge potential for wildfire activity throughout the region. Fuels were extremely dry, resources were nominal, weather forecasts were unseasonably warm and dry, and we were still seeing large numbers of visitors. The current forest fuels have received moisture from two recent storms which have helped reduce the threat of wildfire and the weather is cooling off and relative humidity is coming back up. The number of visitors is going down though we still have hunters and campers visiting our forests and active fuelwood and Christmas tree cutting activities taking place (permits can be found here: https://www.recreation.gov/tree-permits). For all of these reasons the following agencies will be lifting Stage 1 Fire Restrictions: Apache County, Navajo County and Apache Sitgreaves National Forest, tomorrow November 10th at 8:00a.m.

As a reminder, wildfire is always a threat and we should all be good stewards of our lands. Even though we have received some precipitation we ask everyone to follow these simple rules to keep our forests and communities safe year-round:
• Never leave a fire unattended at any time
• Always extinguish EVERY fire by using the drown, stir and feel method.
• If you see smoke or unattended fires, make sure to report them to the proper authorities

Citizens should continue to learn about the Firewise program and maintain a Firewise home. Homeowners can look find more Firewise information here where you can find a simple checklist to keep homes safe.

Other agencies throughout the region may still be in restrictions. Make sure you know the rules for what is allowed before you ignite any campfires. Check regional information by visiting www.311info.net. Remember “Know before you go!”

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