Posted: 2/16/2018 - 12:26 pm
North Zone fire managers plan to continue pile burning activity in the vicinity of the North Rim Developed Area, which consists of two, 16-acre units of hand piles. Pending favorable weather conditions, ignitions could begin as early as next week. As a reminder, the North Rim and Arizona Highway 67 are closed for the season and will re-open this spring.
Within the last three weeks, crews have accomplished an estimated 1,000 acres of mixed mechanical and hand pile prescribed burning in the vicinity of Jacob Lake and DeMotte. All three locations will remain a priority as conditions allow.
As a reminder, all prescribed fire activity is dependent on the availability of personnel and...
Posted: 2/16/2018 - 7:35 am
Fire managers on the Verde Ranger District are planning to continue burning piles Tuesday, February 20th through Friday, February 23; pending favorable weather conditions. Specific days to burn are determined by current and expected weather patterns allowing fire managers to make every effort to minimize smoke impacts to nearby communities.
Cienega Piles – Approximately 173 acres of piles located along Forest Road 68D and Forest Road 732 (T12 1/2N, R4E, S32). Piles are a result of the Cienega fuel break and consist of cut and piled juniper along the roadway. Smoke will be visible from HWY 169 and I-17 but impacts should be minimal. In the interest of safety...
Posted: 2/15/2018 - 8:48 am
The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests’ Lakeside Ranger District will be burning slash piles February 15, 2018. The ignition area is in the Timber Knoll Project area along Forest Service Road 3D and 9900L. Smoke impact is anticipated along U.S. Highway 60 and within the Vernon Community. Smoke may be visible from the communities of Show Low, Pinetop-Lakeside and Vernon. 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...
Posted: 2/14/2018 - 3:23 pm
Heavy wooded areas ignited by the Gate 13 Fire this week are still burning today at Camp Navajo.
Rain and snow has reduced some burning timber to smolders; however, the moisture and cold temperatures have created mud and ice on the roads.
Camp Navajo Fire Department is reporting no issues at this point and will continue to monitor the fire until it is 100 percent extinguished.
Incident command for the Gate 13 Fire downsized from an integrated team of Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management and Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs personnel to Camp Navajo Fire Department two days ago.
That decision came with 75 percent containment of the fire...
Posted: 2/14/2018 - 2:14 pmCountry music fans will be able to stay informed of the latest updates during Country Thunder through the Pinal Emergency Notification System (PENS),The Pinal County Office of Emergency Management and Pinal County Sheriff's Office along with Country Thunder are teaming together to update concert-goers before, during and after the four-day event.Anyone who texts "CTAZ2018" to 888-777 will automatically and anonymously "opt in" to receive notifications sent out by Emergency Management staff or other designated users."The PENS system...