The planned prescribed burn scheduled for this week by Springerville Ranger District Fire Management, south of Vernon has been postponed due to the amount of precipitation the area received over the weekend.
However, fire crews will be burning close to 300 acres of slash piles from the clean-up from last year’s San Juan Fire south of Vernon. Smoke may be visible from Arizona State Highway 260 and U.S. Highway 60 this week. Thereafter, fire crews will then move to Big Lake to burn slash piles in the Big Lake Recreation area.
To accomplish these forest health goals, forest manager use two types of prescribed burns:
- 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. Broadcast burns typically produce the most noticeable smoke.
- Pile burns require more moisture in the surrounding vegetation and are usually conducted when snow is on the ground or after considerable rain. Piles consist of the slash from forest thinning projects, which include small logs and branches. Pile burning usually produces less smoke than broadcast burns.
Questions or concerns contact Cary Stock, Springerville Ranger District Assistant Fire Management Officer at (928) 333-6351 or by calling 311 or 928-333-3412. Also, check out the ASNFs website at: www.fs.usda.gov/asnf