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