Springerville, AZ, January 4th, 2022 — The Alpine Ranger
District on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests is planning to begin the
Pace Creek Pile Burning project on January 5th through the end of
February. Piles consist of leftover debris from recent timber sales, as well as
slash deposited in the community burn pit. All ignitions are weather dependent.
Smoke will be visible from Alpine along portions of Hwy 180
and 191, from the New Mexico state line to the Alpine Divide Campground. Smoke
may limit visibility on roads and may be present for up to one week after
ignitions are complete. Members of the public who are smoke-sensitive or have
health that could be affected issues are encouraged to take precautions.
All prescribed burns are approved through the Arizona
Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) before ignitions begin, and they
monitor air quality. Please visit the Arizona Department of Environmental
Quality’s webpage: https://azdeq.gov/ for
additional information regarding air quality.
Bureau of Indian Affairs, Wildland Fire Management News Release
Contact: Candy Lupe, Public Information Officer, (928) 205-5662
November 5, 2021
BROADCAST BURNING TO BEGIN ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2021Fort Apache Agency Fire Management in coordination with White Mountain Apache Tribal Forestry will complete slash pile burning efforts within the Bull Flat Burn Unit on Saturday, November 6, 2021 and will begin broadcast burning on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation on Monday, November 8, 2021.
The following are upcoming broadcast burning treatments planned for November and December 2021:
• Perry Creek Burn Unit– 2000 acres, located 15 miles southeast of Whiteriver, Treatment efforts will begin on Monday, November 8, 2021.
• Maverick Burn Unit – 2000 acres, located 23 miles east of Whiteriver
• Odart North Burn Unit – 2000 acres, located 16 miles southeast of Whiteriver
• Turkey Creek Burn Unit – 2000 acres, located 10 miles southeast of Whiteriver.
• Lofer Burn Unit – 2000 acres, located 16 miles east of Whiteriver.
• Corduroy Burn Unit – 2000 acres, located 7 miles south of Show Low.
• Hondah Burn Unit – 2000 acres, located 2 miles east of McNary, north of highway 260.
• Soldier Bute Burn Unit – 2000 acres, located 10 miles east of McNary.
• Coyote West Burn Unit – 2000 acres, located 3 miles southwest of Hondah.
Conditions are evaluated each day to determine if ignition will take place. Precipitation, wind, temperature, fuel moisture and staffing all play a part in when and whether ignition occurs. Nearby residents should expect smoke in the vicinity. Drivers should pay extra attention while traveling through or adjacent to burn areas. Officials expect smoke to dissipate quickly during burn days, but some smoke could linger in valley bottoms and drainages for short durations. If you are driving near a prescribed burn area, please drive with care! If you have any questions regarding our upcoming prescribed burning efforts, you can call Candy Lupe, Public Information Officer at (928) 205-5662 or you can log onto BIA Fort Apache Fort Apache Agency’s Facebook page.