Posted: 2/2/2017 - 8:08 am
Recent winter storms brought plentiful amounts of snow to the White Mountains creating a prime time for winter recreation on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests. There are plenty of activities to do in the winter to help squelch that cabin fever, but it’s imperative to be prepared and recreate responsibly.
Winter recreation preparation tips:
- Dress warm: wear layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing
- Carry food and water: have a supply of high energy snacks and bottles of water
- Have survival items readily available: flashlight, batteries, blankets, first aid kit, knife, matches, extra...
Posted: 2/1/2017 - 12:09 pm
Fire managers on the Verde Ranger District are planning to burn Thursday, February 2; 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.
Approximately 160 acres of piles (T11N, R4E, S30) located south of Dugas and east of Cordes Junction in the Aqua Fria Grasslands. These piles are juniper trees that have been cut and piled to improve pronghorn habitat. Burning of debris left over from brush-crush and thinning projects require moisture in the surrounding vegetation and typically produces much lighter smoke than broadcast burning...
Posted: 1/31/2017 - 10:52 am
Tonto National Forest fire specialists will resume prescribed fire treatments in areas around Payson starting on Wednesday, February 1 through Saturday, February 4, 2017. Current weather conditions provide an opportunity to eliminate 78 acres of vegetative debris piles located 15 miles northeast of Payson in and around the community of Zane Grey. Fire specialists may also eliminate 100 acres of vegetative debris piles in the Tonto Creek Estates area during the same time frame. During the day, smoke will move northeast and will impact the communities of Zane Grey and Tonto Creek Fish Hatchery. Smoke may hang against the face of the Mogollon Rim. Residual smoke in the evening will impact Zane...
Posted: 1/30/2017 - 12:47 pm
The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests’ Lakeside Ranger District will be burning slash piles January 30 through February 3, if conditions allow. The ignition area is on Timber Knoll just south of Ojo Bonito Estates. Scattered piles will be burned across roughly 10 acres of forest land each day. 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...
Posted: 1/27/2017 - 7:06 pm
The high wind event that occurred last night, January 26, and today, January 27, has caused significant wind loading of snow in avalanche starting zones on the San Francisco Peaks. A high wind event can be as significant or even more significant than an actual snow storm for creating avalanche hazard. Dangerous wind slabs are likely to have formed as a result.
Back country travelers should carefully evaluate their travel plans and routes due to the likely increased hazard. Visit https://kachinapeaks.org/ for more information on avalanche hazards.