Posted: 8/14/2017 - 12:51 pm
The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests’ Lakeside Ranger District plans to burn slash piles on roughly 15 acres of forest land August 14 through August 20, weather permitting. Ignition will take place on Timber Knoll just south of Ojo Bonito Estates. Smoke impact is anticipated along Highway 60 and within the Vernon Community. 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 nutrients into the soil and...
Posted: 8/14/2017 - 12:21 pm
The Frye Fire Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) process has noted several success stories over the last two weeks. The massive wasting of rock and debris seems to have stabilized across most of the burned area. Although the monsoon rains were not present for most of the last week, a storm over Mt Graham deposited nearly an inch of rain Saturday night August 12, 2017. There was very little evidence of additional rock and debris flows on Sunday morning.
Bible Camp Road FSR 508 is one travel way that continues to experience problems. The road was heavily damaged by a severe storm the night of August 10, causing several major road washouts. Road crew personnel will be evaluating these...
Posted: 8/10/2017 - 5:20 pm
On Monday, August 14, through Friday, August 18, the Forest Service plans to conduct the annual aerial survey for insect and disease outbreaks on the Tonto National Forest. Forest Service airplanes and helicopters regularly fly over private, state, and National Forest System lands at low altitudes to perform a variety of natural resource management missions, including insect and disease surveys, remote sensing to acquire aerial images and data, and firefighting.
Under Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) safety guidelines, members of the public are required to fly drones at or below 400 feet, about the same altitude Forest Service aircraft fly on natural resource management missions. ...
Posted: 8/10/2017 - 4:03 pm
Coconino County Public Health Services District (CCPHSD) officials confirmed that fleas collected in the Doney Park area, northeast of Flagstaff, have tested positive for plague (Yersinia pestis). Last week fleas collected in the Red Lake area, approximately five miles northeast of Williams, tested positive for plague. The tests were conducted by the Center for Pathogen and Microbiome Institute at Northern Arizona University.
CCPHSD is notifying area residents and the burrows, which are located on private property, will be treated. The area will be closely monitored to determine if further action is required.
Because the disease is endemic in Coconino County,...
Posted: 8/10/2017 - 10:49 am
Aerial seeding of the Frye Fire began yesterday as part of the implementation of the Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER). Approximately 180 acres were accomplished before the flying operation was shut down due to unfavorable weather conditions. The operation began again today and will continue until the project is completed. The airplane being used for this project is an AT-802 Air Tractor capable of carrying approximately 6,000 pounds of seeding material to be broadcast over the fire area. Since the majority of the area being seeded on the fire exceeds 8,000 feet, the load has been reduced to improve the performance of the aircraft at the higher altitudes.
Road stabilization work is...