Tonto National Forest fire specialists are planning a 150 – 200 acre prescribed fire treatment on Monday, October 27, through Wednesday, October 29, 2014, in the vicinity of Christopher Creek and the R-C Boy Scout Camp. The treatment will include broadcast burning and the elimination of vegetative debris piles. “Prescribed fires are essential to the accelerated restoration of watersheds, grasslands, forests in our fire-adapted ecosystem. These fire help to reduce hazardous fuels, recycle nutrients back into the soil, and increase wildlife and plant diversity.” said Angie Elam, Payson District Ranger.
Residents and visitors to the area can expect to see and smell moderate amounts of smoke each day of the operation. To minimize the smoke impact, fire managers will terminate ignitions by 3 pm daily. During the day, smoke will move up and to the northeast and will impact Highway 260, Christophe Creek, Hunter Creek, and the R-C Boy Scout Camp. Nighttime air flow may result in residual smoke back into these areas overnight and through the early morning hours.
Signs will be posted along roads in the affected areas when fire operations begin and signs will be posted along roads in the areas where smoke is likely to be seen.Motorists are urged to use caution while driving thru these areas and to slow down for the safety of firefighters and the public.
Prescribed fire treatments are always dependent on weather conditions, such as temperature, relative humidity, wind speed and direction.These conditions are closely monitored prior to, during and after igniting operations.Broadcast fire treatments typically continue for several days and are conducted when vegetation and weather conditions are favorable.Low to moderate winds are needed to carry flames and to dissipate smoke during and after ignition operations and to achieve beneficial effects desired by land managers.