The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (NFs), Lakeside Ranger District will continue a prescribed burn within the Goodman unit of the Los Burros broadcast burn area, south of Vernon beginning June 3.
The Goodman Unit is about two miles south of Vernon, along Apache County Road 3140. The burn is surrounded by Forest Service Road 2, Apache County Road 3140 and hand or dozer lines.
In early May, the district completed approximately 460 acres of burning within the project area. Fire management proposes to burn an estimated 640 additional acres to complete the project.
Ignition may last several days, with daily smoke impact anticipated within area drainages. Smoke will be visible in the local area, from Arizona State Highway 260, and U.S. Highway 60, in Round Valley, Vernon and Show Low.
Fire plays a beneficial role in maintaining the ecological stability of many landscapes, and the Forest Service is working with partners to restore healthy, resilient, fire-adapted ecosystems. It provides habitat diversity, recycles plant nutrients into the soil and encourages new growth for a variety of plants used by wildlife and livestock. Thinning, prescribed fires, and managing wildfires to achieve natural resource management objectives can help prevent uncharacteristic wildfires with minimal impacts to air quality while smoke from uncharacteristic wildfires may pose significant risks to public health and safety.
Objectives of this project are to maintain and protect ponderosa pine stands while providing browse for wildlife. This prescribed fire is in cooperation with the Arizona State Forestry, Vernon Fire Department, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Carlock Ranch. This will provide protection for the adjacent private land as well as the community of Vernon. Crews will be on scene from ignition until there is no longer a threat of escape from the project boundaries.
For more information, contact the Lakeside Ranger District at 928-368-2100, call 311 or 928-333-3412, or visit www.fs.usda.gov/asnf.