Posted: 3/25/2015 - 8:24 pm
Clifton Ranger District fire managers are preparing to commence prescribed burning as conditions provide opportunities for applying fire to the landscape located on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (ASNFs).
The Clifton Ranger District plans to begin the Sunset Re-Entry prescribed burn on April 6. The project will take two to three weeks to complete, depending on weather conditions. The 5,500 acre burn area is bounded to the north and west and south by the FR 215, to the east by Red Tank Canyon.
Fuels types include grass, juniper, oak, pinyon pine, and ponderosa pine. The burn is intended to reduce canopy cover and maintain areas of reduced canopy cover achieved in past...
Posted: 3/19/2015 - 5:37 pm
As part of its effort to learn more about public health readiness and response to extreme heat and other disasters, the Maricopa County Department of Public Health will administer a door-to-door survey and is looking for volunteers.
“Last year, Public Health studied cooling centers throughout the Valley to get an idea of how and if centers are being used by the community,” said Dr. Rebecca Sunenshine, medical director and disease control administrator for MCDPH. “This year, as part two of that study, we want to study what individuals are doing to prepare for extreme heat and other disasters so that we may better understand the impact on public health.”
Volunteer training will be...
Posted: 3/11/2015 - 12:54 pm
The National Park Service plans to burn several piles of woody debris and Russian thistle at Montezuma Well on March 17. The piles will only be burned if environmental conditions are favorable and an adequate number of firefighters are available.
The piles consist of dead cottonwood and Russian thistle.
This hazard fuels reduction project will reduce fuels that could feed a wildfire along the monument’s boundary. Doing this will reduce the threat of fire to private homes and help protect the plants, wildlife, and important cultural resources in the monument. The project is a joint operation between the National Park Service and...
Posted: 3/6/2015 - 12:17 pm
The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests fire managers on the Springerville Ranger District are planning to conduct broadcast burning starting on Monday, March 9, weather conditions permitting.
The planned prescribed burn is in the Hideaways unit of the Mineral project. The crews will burn approximately 500 acres southeast of Greens Peak Hideaways and northeast of Hidden Meadows. Smoke could affect Highway 60 and/or State Highway 260 and will be visible from Round Valley.
Broadcast burns involve applying fire across the forest floor. Flames make their way along the surface consuming logs, branches, and accumulated leaves and needles while recycling nutrients back into the soil. ...
Posted: 3/4/2015 - 11:15 am
The White Mountains may have received moisture recently, but we still need to be careful with fire. Warm daytime temperatures and high winds will dry out light fuels quickly, making it easy for fires to spread.
Every spring homeowners should take a proactive approach to protecting their home and property from wildfire. By working with your neighbors, individual residents can make their own property – and their neighborhood – much safer from the flames and embers of a wildfire. There are multiple ways to make your home more defensible from a wildfire; some of them are very simple. Mow your lawn, keep weeds short and remove ground litter and dead vegetation...